Apple's Durable HomePod Makes Home Repairs Impossible
Feb 15 2018
Given the HomePod has an out-of-warranty fix cost of $279/£268 (compared to the US RRP of $349/£319) Apple fans will be hoping the HomePod longevity matches the sound quality. While Apple has made this process "magical", it's not something you do daily.
Using Siri mostly for music control, weather reports, and other basic tasks.
This is Fortune's latest weekly roundup of the biggest Apple news. Apple's warranty extension program costs $39 and drops the service price significantly, giving you up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $39 fee. You get your phone close to the speaker, and set up begins.
And the number of people buying Echo devices has skyrocketed over the past year: Amazon shipped 5 million devices in the third quarter of 2017, compared with 900,000 during the same period the year before, according to data from Strategy Analytics.
One of the video tutorials teaches you how to tweak the speaker's settings via your Home app on your smartphone.
Also worth noting is that the HomePod doesn't now have the capability to support multiple speakers, but that functionality is apparently coming later this year. You can say things like, "Hey, Siri, I don't like this song", and the device will adjust the music accordingly and remember for the future. My family would be out of luck, unless of course each person had their own HomePod.
The conclusion reveals that though the HomePod might be extremely durable, it is extremely hard to open. Fortune's Don Reisinger noted in his review that the HomePod's sound was better than the Echo and Home, but he conceded that the "sound quality isn't something that can justify its lofty price tag".
Unlike the Google Home, HomePod won't be able to help if you request a Caesar salad recipe.
Yes, it took an actual hacksaw for the iFixit team to get into Apple's HomePod smart speaker. Whether or not you agree with the analysis is up to you, but if you are interested you can head on over to Reddit for the technical details. I wouldn't be surprised if HomePod stays iOS only for a long time, or for good. And via the Sonos App, owners can stream music from their service of choice-be it Spotify, Apple Music, internet radio or 80 other streaming services.
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the HomePod at a keynote address in June 2017, saying that it would "reinvent home music".