After months of waiting, Apple’s HomePod is finally making its way to market. To commemorate the occasion, Apple updated the support page for its premium speaker revealing new details, including a tidbit about how much the HomePod will cost to repair if you don’t buy AppleCare+. That will be a cool $279, nearly as much as the HomePod costs brand new.
The price slightly changes for HomePod customers overseas: in Australia it’ll be $399 and in the U.K. it’ll be £268.44.
If you do purchase AppleCare+, which costs $39, and you happen to run into an issue, repairing or replacing your HomePod will only run you $79. The $200 price difference to replace your HomePod through AppleCare+ is quite jarring. And that’s replacing the whole thing, repairing minor issues will only result in a $39 service fee.
It seems like a more appealing proposition to buy AppleCare+ when you crunch the numbers. You never know what could happen to the speaker and you could be looking at a large repair bill.