Best HomePod Deals for July 2023
Apple launched the HomePod in February 2018 with a premium $349.00 price tag that matched the company’s marketing angle, which presented the smart speaker as a music-first device with excellent sound quality. After discontinuing the original model in March 2021, Apple announced a new model in January 2023, which now is sold alongside the HomePod mini.
The new HomePod includes a backlit touch surface and mesh fabric exterior that is virtually identical to the original device. Internally, it includes a four-inch high-excursion woofer, five tweeters, four microphones, an S7 chip and U1 chip, and support for Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos. It’s priced at $299.
The HomePod mini is a smaller iteration on Apple’s in-home speaker, bringing the price down to a more affordable $99 price tag. In the fall of 2021, Apple added three bright new colors to the HomePod mini line: Blue, Yellow, and Orange.
With HomePod, Apple Music subscribers can easily stream their favorite artists, playlists, radio stations, albums, and more by talking to Siri. The device is also a home hub for HomeKit devices, allowing users to control their Hue bulbs, Ecobee thermostats, and more using their voice.
In this guide, you’ll find the best currently available price for the HomePod mini at major Apple resellers including Adorama, Amazon, B&H Photo, Best Buy, and MacMall (which is now integrated with TigerDirect).
We tracked a solid deal on the HomePod mini in February, where it was priced at $84.99 at Verizon. As of early July, the best deal you’ll find is $5 off.
$94.99 From B&H Photo
Apple announced the second-generation HomePod in January 2023, and in May we began tracking the first ever discount on the smart home speaker. It’s now available for the second-best price of $289.00 from B&H Photo in July, down from $299.00.
$289.00 From B&H Photo
We follow deals on HomePod and much more over in our full Deals Roundup, so head there for even more information on the latest bargains related to Apple products and accessories.
HomePod (2023) – Midnight
HomePod (2023) – White
HomePod mini – Blue
HomePod mini – Orange
HomePod mini – Space Gray
HomePod mini – White
HomePod mini – Yellow
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Best HomePod deals | Macworld
HomePod discounts are few and far between, but if anyone is discounting Apple’s Siri-powered speaker you will find the details here.
By Karen Haslam
Editor, Macworld JUL 1, 2023 7:19 am PDT
If you’re on the hunt for a bargain on Apple’s HomePod or HomePod mini we are here to help.
The bad news is that HomePod deals tend to be scarce, but we have rounded up the best available right here.
See: HomePod vs HomePod mini to see how the two models compare. We’ve also looked at a selection of the best AirPlay speakers and you may also be interested in our round up of the best AirPods deals.
Best HomePod deals
In January 2023 Apple reintroduced the full-sized HomePod. This came almost two years after the full-sized HomePod was discontinued, in March 2021. The new second generation HomePod is 4mm shorter than its predecessor and lighter, but there’s not a lot else that’s different.
The HomePod (2nd gen) then went on sale on Friday, February 3, 2023. You can order one from Apple for $299/£299, or try one of the stockists in the table below who might be offering a discount on Apple’s price.
HomePod (2nd gen), MSRP: $299/£299
If anyone is discounting it you will see the prices below.
Best HomePod mini deals
The HomePod mini was introduced in autumn 2020 with an MSRP of $99/£99: an appealing price that is within reach for the average budget. (The price dropped, briefly, by a further £10 in the U.K. when a new range of colours were announced on 18 October 2021, however, the price in the U.K is now back up to £99). Apple’s price at time of writing is $99/£99.
It’s certainly more budget-friendly than the standard HomePod, which was priced at $299/£279 before Apple discontinued it in March 2021 the second generation of which now costs $299/£299. The catch is that the low price of the HomePod mini means deals are rare.
In the U.S. over Black Friday 2022 we saw Best Buy discounting the HomePod mini by $5, but there are no such discounts now.
One place you won’t find the HomePod or HomePod mini is Amazon, of course there are plenty of deals to be had on Amazon’s Echo speakers.
HomePod mini, MSRP $99/£99,
if anyone is discounting it you will see the prices below.
Author: Karen Haslam, Editor
Macworld editor since 2008, Karen has worked on both sides of the Apple divide, clocking up a number of years at Apple’s PR agency prior to joining Macworld almost two decades ago.
Karen’s career highlights include interviewing Apple’s Steve Wozniak and discussing Steve Jobs’ legacy on the BBC. Her focus is Mac, but she lives and breathes Apple.
Set up your HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV, or iPad as a Home Center
Home Center allows you to control your HomeKit and Matter accessories when you’re not at home, share control of your accessories with others, and automate accessories so they can do the right thing at the right time.
To add Matter accessories to the Home app, you need to set up a Home Center. Thread-enabled Matter accessories require a Thread-enabled home center such as a HomePod mini or Apple TV 4K (3rd generation) with Wi-Fi + Ethernet, or a supported 3rd party edge router.
Setting up HomePod mini or HomePod as a Home Center
When you set up HomePod mini or HomePod*, these devices automatically become a Home Center. Just make sure your iPhone or iPad is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID you used to set up your HomeKit and Matter accessories in the Home app.
Set up Apple TV as a home hub
When you add an Apple TV* to HomeKit, this device automatically becomes a home hub.
- Open the Settings app on your Apple TV.
- Select Users and Accounts. Make sure your name is in the Default User field and that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID that you used to set up your HomeKit and Matter accessories in the Home app.
- Go back to your Apple TV settings, then select AirPlay & HomeKit.
- Scroll down and select Room, then select a room or add a new room.
Set up iPad as a home hub
- Tap Settings > [your name] and make sure you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID you used to set up HomeKit and Matter accessories in the Home app .
- Tap iCloud, then scroll down and make sure the Home app is enabled under Apps that use iCloud.
- Tap Settings > Home and turn on iPad as Home Accessory Center.
For iPad to be used as a home hub, it must be at home, turned on, and connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
iPad is not supported as a home hub in the new, more robust and efficient Home app architecture, which is available as a separate update.
If the home center is not working properly
- Make sure your HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV, or iPad is running the latest operating system.
- Make sure the person signed in to iCloud on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV is the primary user of the Home app and not an invitee.
- Turn on iCloud Keychain and two-factor authentication for your Apple ID.
- Make sure that the device configured as a home hub is turned on at home and connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
Additional features provided by the Home app
Everything you can ask HomePod and HomePod mini to do Intercom
The intercom feature in HomePod and HomePod mini turns these smart speakers into a convenient way to connect with people anywhere in your home. Anywhere, as long as you have a HomePod – and when you ask it right.
If there are only two of you in your home or office, all you need to know is the “Hey Siri, intercom” command. Say it, and whatever you say next will be sent to every HomePod or HomePod mini you’ve set up for intercom.
However, there is much more. If you know your partner is in the office, you can only send an intercom message to the HomePod in that room. So don’t interrupt a movie night in the living room or a presentation in the conference room.
Also, when you receive an intercom message, you can choose to only reply to the HomePod or other device that sent it.
You can also send an intercom message to a group of HomePods instead of one or all. However, you cannot reply to a specific person, even if that person sent you an intercom message directly from their iPhone.
Set up your HomePod and other devices
If you haven’t set up Intercom yet, there are a few things you need to do. Your iPhone must be on iOS 14.1 or later and your smart speakers must be on HomePod 1.41 or later.
Intercom is part of the Home application on these operating systems. Launch Home, and if you haven’t already, you’ll be prompted to set up Intercom.
Whether it’s offered to you or not, you can go to each HomePod in the Home app and set it up directly. Press and hold the HomePod or HomePod mini icon, then when the control page appears, scroll down to the settings icon.
Click on that, then on the options page that appears, scroll down quite far again to the intercom setting.
It is important to note that the intercom is for your home or your office. Whatever you set as “home” in the Home app, Intercom uses it. You can’t send an intercom message from the HomePods in your home to the ones in your best friend’s office.
How to send an intercom to everyone in your house
Say “Hey Siri intercom.” and then your message, or say “Hey Siri, announce” and then your message, or say “Hey Siri, ask everyone” and then your message, or open the Home app, press the wave icon at the top correctly
To do this, you can open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. On Apple Watch, the Intercom button is now at the top of the very first screen you see after tapping the Home app.
If you want to use such a device instead of saying “Hey Siri”, you press a button and speak. You can do the same with HomePod or HomePod mini by pressing and holding the top control, the light bar.
LR: Select your home or a specific room, then either send an intercom everywhere or to that specific location.
You can use any of the phrases that you would use for Siri. So “intercom”, “announce” and “ask everyone” – everything works. There’s also a “Tell Everyone” feature that works the same as an announcement.
This waveform icon appears throughout the Home application, whether you are looking at your home as a whole or a particular room. If you are on a Whole Home screen, each device receives an intercom message.
However, if you are on a specific room page, your internal message will only be sent there.
By the way, note that while this is all limited to your home, as configured in the Home app, you don’t have to be at home. Depending on how you’ve set up intercom for each user and device in the Home app, you could be in your office and send an intercom saying, “Hey Siri, announce that I’m on my way back. »
If you’re away from home, you can even say it in the car – if you have CarPlay.
How to send a doorphone to a specific room or zone
Set the rooms in the Home app to match the actual rooms in your home. If desired, group these rooms into zones. Say “Hey Siri, ask the living room” and your message, or say “Hey Siri, announce upstairs” and your message
If you’ve used the Home app at all, you’ve set up rooms in it. If you haven’t, if your HomePods are your first HomeKit devices, take the time to set up these rooms now.
When you have these rooms in your Home application, you can group them together. So, for example, if you have HomeKit light bulbs, you can just say, “Hey Siri, turn off the lights downstairs.” And know that this will turn off the lights in the office, in the kitchen, on the porch or anywhere.
How to set up a zone in the Home app
On an iOS device, tap the Home icon in the top left corner. Click Room Settings. On a Mac, choose Edit, Change Room. Click “Zone” Then, on iOS or Mac, select an existing zone or click “Create New”.
You can now only send intercoms to, say, HomePods upstairs. Of course, if you receive a message on the intercom, it’s good to be able to answer – and know whether you will be heard throughout the house or not.
Intercom on Apple Watch. We should probably look into these accessories
How to answer intercom on all HomePods and HomePod mini
Say “Hey Siri, answer” and your message. Press and hold the top of your HomePod or HomePod mini, then say “Reply” followed by your message.
Your response will be sent to every HomePod, every HomePod mini, and every iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in your home. Again, if there are only two of you, you don’t care. If you’re not sure where someone is, all you care about is that they can hear it from a nearby device.
However, if you know where they are, you can answer in specific rooms. You do this in exactly the same way as if you had first sent an intercom message to that room.
You would say “Hey Siri, answer the kitchen” and your message. With zones set up, you can do: “Hey Siri, answer upstairs” and your message.
If someone sent a message specifically to your HomePod, exactly what you need, then your response will also be targeted. If you do nothing else, just tell Intercom to reply, in which case your message will only be redirected to the HomePod or other device where the first message came from.
This is a long list of commands
At first glance, there are “intercom”, “announce”, “reply” and much more to remember, as well as details on the various ways to use each of them. In practice, however, it’s not so much that you have to learn a lot of commands, but that Intercom is ready to understand whatever you’re trying to do.
So if you never use anything other than “Hey Siri, Intercom.