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Reports suggest a smaller, cheaper HomePod – a ‘HomePod Mini’ perhaps? – could be launched later this year.

Apple’s HomePod has only been out a month, but if reports from Taiwan's Economic Daily News and Japanese blog Mac Otakara (via MacRumours) are to be believed, we could see a second device arrive before the end of the year.

The rumours suggest that cheaper versions of an iPad, iPhone and MacBook Air are on the way, and that a smaller, more affordable version of the HomePod - dubbed the 'HomePod Mini' - “is forecast to launch in the second half of 2018 for between $150-$200 (£100-£150).

However, we would take these prices and timelines with a pinch of salt – Apple was anything but punctual with its long-delayed HomePod.

Though currently the best-sounding smart speaker on the market, the HomePod (£320) is considerably more expensive than Amazon’s Echo 2 (£90) and Google’s Home (£130). Apple bringing its prices more in line with its rivals would no doubt please many.

However, if Apple’s effort is competing with the Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini (both £40), we could, again, be left questioning comparative value.

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