iFixit’s brilliant HomePod teardown

Not sure how long iFixit has been posting teardown videos, but this is the first I’ve seen. Brilliant to be able to watch someone tear this tech down to the nubs.

So much to learn about the work and material that goes into HomePod. That outer mesh is magical. I wonder how they manufacture it.

One thing that is clear: This sucker is tough to take apart. It’s no wonder Apple charges $279 to repair or replace a broken, out-of-warranty HomePod.

  • Mo

    I I believe iFixit’s been posting teardowns for years, no?

    • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

      At least a few. I was surprised Dave has not seen them. Most are pretty well done.

      • Yeah, iFixIt has been the best source for watching people destroy their hardware for a while.

        …seriously, they’re informative, mostly well-produced, and they usually figure out the right way to disassemble something. I’m not convinced they’ve found “right” for the HomePod yet, though.

        • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

          Yeah, the “disassembly” of the top section was pretty rough. They’re pretty good at it too. It makes me wonder, as it did them, how Apple recommends doing it.

          • waves hand vaguely Sea turtles.

          • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

            Well now, that’d be interesting.

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  • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

    Wow, so much adhesive made this much more difficult to take apart than I would have thought necessary. But, what do I know? I am sure Apple has it’s reasons, could be stabilization or any number of things.

    As far as iFixit teardown, I know they’ve been doing them for at least a few years, maybe more? I watched an iPod Touch 6th gen a couple of years ago.

    • GlennC777

      They probably use lots of adhesive to make it as acoustically inert as possible. No chance of audible vibrations or unwanted harmonics between parts.

      • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

        Yea, what I meant by stabilization. Must be, but wow, what a bear to fix, hence the high cost. I’d imagine this being in a home, and mostly stationary, will not be prone to much physical damage though.

        • GlennC777

          I imagine they expect Homepods to last pretty much forever and consider them non-serviceable. Aside from maybe some of the external parts. Makes sense. It’s obviously well put together.

          I would have liked to have gotten a better look at some of the individual parts, especially that almost-unbelievable woofer and the tweeter array.

          • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

            Yea, me too. They usually do a more thorough teardown too, it’ll be interesting to see that.

    • Wow, that power supply is deep. I’m thinking surge protection is absolutely required here.

      • GlennC777

        It’s no Echo Dot, that’s for sure.

        • I’m in the minority, I’m sure, but I appreciate a good external power supply. Saves a lot of potential grief later. 🙂

          • GlennC777

            Never thought about it that way. Then again I’m not sure I’ve ever had a power supply go bad, external or not.

          • It’s probably mostly a concern to people like me who’ve had PCs built by people who weren’t passionate about every part, including the power supply.

            Though my ThunderBolt display did fry itself once, too. Apparently the replacement power supply had been redesigned.

          • Sigivald

            I’ve had a number of (high quality, not low-end) PC power supplies die.

            Mind you, it’s typically years in, but it does happen.

            Not sure anything ever lasts forever.

  • Max Clemons

    Have you folks ever criticized anything Apple has done other than Apple Music? No wonder why the software quality has gone down the tubes between this site and iMore carrying Apple’s water all day.

    • Sigivald

      Yes. I have.

      But … are we required to criticize “it’s hard to take apart a Home Pod”?

      I don’t feel any need to, and I both don’t intend to ever buy one and don’t own Apple stock or have any identity investment in myself as A Superior Apple User.

      (See also the new post about how stupid it is that a HomePod will leave a ring on a wooden table.

      That’s worth criticizing because it’s really farkin’ dumb.

      But “hard to take apart, probably to keep it from getting loose and vibrating every time it plays bass” is not a failure, per se.)