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Apple is charging them GBP 268 for the fix while the new speaker costs GBP 51 more (GBP 319). The products are attractive. Also, AppleCare+ for Hompod cost $39. "Music is the reason I would buy HomePod". Over the years, Apple has mastered its act of pushing the demand for iPhones with other products, but that wasn't as forced as Homepod. With Homepod, this analysis becomes more critical.

The HomePod just isn't very useful for most people. It works like a dream, with sound quality that rivals speakers almost twice the price. I guess that was a given due to Apple's Music service.

You can't even set up a Homepod and use it if you don't have an iPhone.

Apple TV uses AirPlay to stream audio to your HomePod. The HomePod does not have Bluetooth.

Finally, the HomePod is yet another major brick in Apple's walled garden. It feels so backwards! It's a stationary device with no external moving parts, and iFixit adds that it's "built like a tank". You can get around this lack of multiple timer support by setting reminders instead. Second, you'll have to reconnect if your Apple TV reboots. As of September, Apple Music had 30 million subscribers to Spotify's 60 million.

This is obviously a bug that Apple didn't find before release, not accounting for the fact that system apps can now be deleted. You'll need to wait.

Now let's talk about sound. "Any speaker can blast music but the "HomePod puts music around the room". Apple says these features will be pushed out in software updates later this year. You really don't want to have to deal with a faulty HomePod. But the $349 HomePod was going to be the best speaker. It's not ear-rattling bass, though. Meanwhile, the low cello notes on "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles sound deep and textured. The seven tweeters each have a conductive screw post.

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There were a variety of methods that were used to initiate the teardown of the HomePod but they were all improvised and not through in the attempts.

It's not all praiseworthy, however. That's a significant difference just for a better acoustic sound. While "The Wilhelm Scream" sounds like James Blake is standing in an empty garage with a bass drum, singing into the void. And to be honest, I'm not sure the HomePod sounds that much better than some other speakers that have more smarts. Big emphasis on the "might" in that sentence.

Early on in the process, iFixit found that the HomePod is one of the more hard devices in existence to pry open. Which is saying something since it's only $299. The issue has been tested on iOS 11.2.5.

While the HomePod's audio quality is praiseworthy, its "smartness" is not. Not only is the HomePod a technical marvel, but Apple managed to fit all of the components in the speaker both efficiently and elegantly while still packing in all the necessities. This suggests that Apple did not try to artificially boost or modify the sound coming from the speakers, keeping it as neutral as possible and allowing the original recording to come through, which is a feature that audiophiles tend to prefer.

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You're not supposed to remove the power cord. That's a hard question to answer for a few reasons.

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