Repairing the very first HomePod was notoriously tough, even to the point where saws and other cutting equipment were occasionally required. Apple, on the other hand, is not causing nearly as much trouble with the second-generation device. iFixit disassembled the newest smart speaker and found that it can be opened with much less effort than previous models.
Since the vast amounts of adhesive have been removed, it is now possible to enter the device using nothing more than a screwdriver, and all of the components found inside are also easily accessible. When you combine this with the fact that the power cord can be removed, it should be possible for you to fix at least some of the components on your own.
iFixit issues a warning, stating that it has not checked for any potential software restrictions that may apply to repairs. It is not entirely apparent whether or not you can change the circuit boards in a HomePod and still anticipate it to work properly.
In spite of this, it is quite clear that Apple places a high value on the possibility of repairs being made to the device this time around, just as it does with the ordinary iPhone 14 and other recent devices.
Not that Apple has much of a choice in the matter, but they should make the HomePod easier to repair. Right-to-repair mandates are now being pursued by both the federal government and state governments. There was a possibility of Apple receiving political backlash if it did not make the speaker easy to repair.
The design of the second generation HomePod makes the possibility of Apple including the HomePod in its Self Service Repair programme more plausible, although we still wouldn’t put money on it happening.
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