It might be easier to fix the second-gen HomePod than the first

News Summary:

  • iFixit warns that it has not investigated potential software constraints on repairs. It’s unclear if replacing circuit boards will result in a still-operational HomePod.

  • Cutting tools were occasionally required to fix the infamously difficult-to-repair original HomePod. With the second-generation model, Apple isn’t receiving nearly as much flak. The new smart speaker has been disassembled by iFixit, who found that it is much simpler to pry open. Large amounts of glue are no longer present, making it easy to access the interior with only a screwdriver and view the internal parts. When you pair this with the detachable power cord, it ought to be possible to repair at least some components on your own.

Apple doesn’t really have much of a choice but to make the HomePod easier to repair. Right-to-repair requirements are being pushed by the federal and state governments. Apple would run the risk of political backlash if it didn’t make the speaker simpler to maintain. While it’s unlikely that Apple will include the HomePod in its self-service repair program, the second-design generation’s makes it more likely.