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Apple’s HomePod earns utterly awful iFixit repairability score

by Danny Zepeda | February 12, 2018February 12, 2018 1:00 pm PST

Apple makes some of the most impressive hardware around. Its newly released HomePod fits right in with its other flagship products thanks to its impressive build quality. iFixit, as it tends to do, got ahold of one and took it apart.

Turns out its build is even more impressive inside. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to repair without destroying the speaker.

Taking the HomePod apart starts at the bottom. The iFixit team took a heat gun to loosen the adhesive holding the bottom lip that serves as the rubbery base to reach the first Torx screws. Removing the base shows off the screws as well as a 14-pin port likely used to program the HomePod after it was put together.

Removing the screws and using a tool to pry to second piece of the base reveals the first sight of the internal base. But here’s where any thought of repairing the HomePod on your own dies. To continue with the tear down, the iFixit team had to cut the exterior mesh fabric vertically. The mesh fabric has a secondary fabric sleeve inside.

There is some good news. There is a drawstring to remove the mesh fabric, but iFixit cannot conclude whether this would make the process any easier or if this would ruin the fabric altogether again. As you might expect, the top panel housing the display is held on by adhesive. To continue taking the HomePod apart, iFixit had to use a hacksaw at the bottom to remove the bottom base.

After removing the major parts, you can reach the tweeters, speakers and other internals components, revealing the engineering Apple enacted to make the HomePod sound so good in such a small package.

Overall, iFixit gives the HomePod a repairability score of 1 out of 10, the lowest score possible. This is due to the fact it wasn’t able to find a non-destructive process to take the speaker apart.

Word of advice: spend the extra $39 it cost to get AppleCare+ for the HomePod, unless you’re cool with shelling out $279 for out of warranty repairs.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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