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This week Apple has been putting several products to the dirt nap, sleeping with the fishes.
Original HomePod Originally overpriced, over engineered, and stuck with Siri. While it did sound fantastic, the price tag of $349 did not offer the same features and benefits as smart speakers a 1/3 that price. And while we're used to paying the 'Apple Tax' for good products that work well in the ecosystem, this first version was noticeably lacking for the price. Even more concerning is the 4 years it's been out, it has received little improvements via updates. Most notably it launched without multiple timers, eventually released, I struggle to think of anything else noteworthy that the HomePod improved upon during it's lifespan.
iMac Pro Released the same time as the HomePod, fall of 2017, this iMac was easily the best iMac ever made. Also just like the HomePod, it was released, and left without any revisions or updates during its life. (Dropping the 8-core model doesn't count) The iMac Pro came from an alternate time line where Apple was not going to make a new Mac Pro, there was to be no more powerful, modular tower from Apple. Months before it's release, Apple had its unusual round table to announce it was changing directions. It would be almost 2 more years before the now Mac Pro is readily available, the iMac Pro, the future pro machine, was now relegated to keeping pro users content until then. Often referred to as the most powerful and quiet iMac ever, it continues to be a favorite among podcasters. Now with the M1's out, Apple is closing this time loop, leaving the iMac Pro in a short list one 1 and done products.
While these products are discontinued for very different reasons, it marks the end of the beginning into a new chapter for Apple.