YOU better look after that brand-spanking new Apple HomePod, because there’s no way you’ll be able to fix the impenetrable device yourself.
What’s more, Apple is charging £268.44 to fix an out-of-warranty HomePod for you – that’s not far off the smart speaker’s original asking price of £319.
The teardown experts at iFixit just ripped open the exquisitely designed device and, just like every other Apple product, it’s extremely tricky to break apart.
So difficult, in fact, that the team had to use a hacksaw to get the job done. And, if you’ve still got the DIY itch, it also required a knife, a heater, and an ultrasonic cutter.
Asking Siri for help is pointless, too.
Unsurprisingly, the iFixit team gave it an overall repairability score of 1 out of 10 (ouch). They previously doled out the same rating to Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
Of course, on the flip side, that makes the HomePod an impressively durable device that can probably withstand a fall or two.
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Inside the speaker lurks seven tweeters, six microphones, and a centrally positioned subwoofer, along with Apple’s A8 processor, and a huge magnet.
The iFixit team noted that Apple used “tiny wire coils” that are crammed between “net-like layers” to allow sound to travel unrestricted through its external mesh fabric.
“The HomePod is built like a tank,” said the iFixit team. Yet, they noted that when taken apart it looks as if it was built to be more easily dismantled, but they couldn’t “decode” how to do it in a non-destructive way.
Therefore, it’s probably wise to ditch the home tools in favour of Apple’s official repairs option when dealing with a broken HomePod.