Technology HomePod repairs cost nearly as much as a new speaker

10:50  12 february  2018
10:50  12 february  2018 Source:   Engadget

Apple's HomePod Speaker Costs $216 to Build, TechInsights Says

  Apple's HomePod Speaker Costs $216 to Build, TechInsights Says Apple Inc.’s HomePod, the company’s first foray into speakers in a decade, costs $216 to build and generates thinner profit margins than other products like the Apple Watch and iPhone, according to analysis by TechInsights. Given the HomePod’s $349 price, that $216 cost suggests Apple is generating margins of about 38 percent, according to the product analysis firm. That compares with margins of 66 percent and 56 percent for the Google Home and Amazon Echo, products that compete in the smart-speaker market, but offer lower audio quality, according to the firm’s estimates.

Repairs Almost Cost the Same as New HomePod . Today is the official release date for Apple’s HomePod Speakers and the company just posted cost of repairs for uninsured HomePod customers; 9, which is nearly as much as buying a new one for 9.

An out-of-warranty repair from Apple will cost 9 in the US, which is 80 percent of the price of a brand- new HomePod . So you’re not so much repairing it as getting a This may not come as a huge surprise, but it’s going to be pricey if you break Apple’s fully sealed and densely packed new speaker .

a close up of a device© Provided by Engadget If you're getting a HomePod, be sure to place it somewhere safe... depending on what you break, it might be expensive to get a fix.

Apple has updated its support pages to reveal that an out-of-warranty HomePod repair will cost $279 (£269). Throw in the shipping fee ($20 US, or £13) for a mail-in repair and you're not far off from the price of a brand new smart speaker. This is one of those times where the AppleCare extended warranty ($78 if you include the incident fee, or £68) may be the better value, at least if you're in a household where an accident is a real possibility.

Thankfully, the power cable won't cost such a hefty sum. The 9to5Mac team has learned that you'll need to pay $29 (£25) to repair a damaged cord. That's more than a detachable cord might have cost, but definitely easier to justify if your pet has gnawed the cable to oblivion.

Five things to know before you buy an Apple HomePod

  Five things to know before you buy an Apple HomePod We donned blindfolds to test Apple’s smart speaker versus Amazon, Google and Sonos. But it was Siri that really let us down.Apologies to Meghan Trainor for my geeky remix of her ode to bottom notes. It sums up how I feel about the first talking speaker from the company that gave us the first talking artificial intelligence, Siri.

This may not come as a huge surprise, but it's going to be pricey if you break Apple's fully sealed and densely packed new speaker . HomePod . So you're not so much repairing it as getting a small discount on a new one.

HomePod is now in the hands of customers and Apple is publishing more details, tips, and guides for its first smart speaker . We previously discovered that AppleCare+ for HomePod would cost , and now Apple has shared that out-of-warranty repair and replacement will cost almost as much as a

In practice, you're not nearly as likely to need a fix for a HomePod as you would for an iPhone or a Mac -- it's a stationary object in your home that you'll rarely need to touch. However, you'll definitely want to keep these costs in mind if you have young kids or otherwise think the speaker might take a tumble.

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