Better keep it safe: Apple HomePod repair costs $279

Better keep it safe: Apple HomePod repair costs $279
If you've decided to buy the Apple HomePod – Apple's take on smart speakers – you better keep it safe. Apple has announced its out-of-warranty repair fees for the HomePod, and they're everything but low.

If you live in the US, you will have to give Apple $279 if you want your HomePod to live a second life. That's in case the smart speaker is severely damaged and the damage is not due to a manufacturing problem, which the one year warranty covers. To give you a brief comparison, a new HomePod will cost you $349, meaning that the repair fee is around 80% of the retail price.

To be on the safe side, you have the option to purchase an Apple Care+ plan for the HomePod within 60 days of your initial purchase. Apple's warranty extension program costs $39 and drops the service price significantly, giving you up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $39 fee.

Apple HomePod repair costs in the US:


You can get service for you HomePоd with an appointment from an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized reseller. Furthermore, you have the option to pay Apple $19,95 to send you a box in which you can send your HomePod for service.

source: Apple via MacRumors

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13 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 754; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Great Speaker but a BAD overall product. Can't play anything other than apple music. No Spotify = No Buy . No Android compatibility . No Bluetooth . No AUX. No s**t !!!

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

"Can't play anything other than apple music. No Spotify = No Buy . No Android compatibility . No Bluetooth . No AUX. No s**t !!!" You've got to be kidding me? It's basically only compatible with Apple products and doesn't even have Bluetooth? They're jokers.

16. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It is Bluetooth compatable but they decided that customers can't use it, Airplay only! Whats worse is they have even locked out some of thier own customers, Mac users can't set a Homepod up, it has to actually be an IOS device, so much for the Apple ecosystem.

2. boucha26

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

even apple kne it....

3. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016

Jesus christ. Just buy a new one and be done with it.

6. antroid

Posts: 376; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Why Apple price this speaker so high, they didn't get the price of the iPhone X was too high and now this. Don't see someone reasonable will buy it

7. dnomadic

Posts: 391; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Basically for all apple products they are "increasing repair cost" to entice people in to purchasing apple care. Though my Pixel 2 Xl is less than perfect, I'm glad I returned my X and decided against keeping the 8. Poop company

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1314; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Apple Care works just like every other insurance out there. Very few of those who pay for it will ever actually need to use it which is how the low repair costs are subsidized. The increasing repair costs entice more people to buy the insurance that they will never need or to buy a new device over getting a repair. Both are good for Apple because they make more profit.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7042; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can't be serious about the repair costs. As if it costs over $400 to repair the glass back on an iPhone 8 plus. Or over $500 to repair the glass back on an iPhone X. There is no way on this planet that it actually costs that much to repair. Especially when the entire phone cost with retail packaging costs less than $400 for the iPhone X. IFixit and jerryrig gave it the worst repairable score. That was done on purpose so customers go back to Apple for repairs. Plus if the costs are so high. Then people are going to just live with the cracks instead of paying for the actual repair. The only great service today from Apple is getting it where the sun don't shine on you.

12. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Apple's smiles; mo money, mo money, mo money. Sell less hardware, charge more money: profit! Insert sheepish grin here. :-)

13. droidguy86

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

For $50 more you might as well buy a Google home max which is more compatible and has more features. Talk about an iScam.

14. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

that's why i hate apple.

15. gamehead unregistered

I'll pass

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