Technology HomePod repairs cost nearly as much as a new speaker

10:50  12 february  2018
10:50  12 february  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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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.

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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.

Spotify might be building a smart speaker of its own .
Spotify appears to be working a smart speaker that it says will be "category defining," according to new job listings. The ads show that the new "operations manager," "senior product manager: hardware production" and "project manager: hardware production and engineering," would be handling manufacturing and supply for the new product. That suggests Spotify is ready to start manufacturing soon, as the Guardian points out.

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