iFixit has revealed a brief video of a teardown of the brand new, second-generation HomePod that launched on February 3 for $299. There’s maybe not as a lot to see as there may be in an iPhone or Mac teardown, however the essential factor is that it is comparatively excellent news for restore outlets or customers who need to go the DIY restore route.
When iFixit did its first teardown of the unique HomePod, it was an unpleasant sight—plastic items caught collectively required prying, and items needed to be destroyed to get in in any respect. The unique video was a bit comical to look at for the way excessive the method was—Apple clearly didn’t intend anybody however its personal technicians to open the gadget.
Individuals finally found out higher methods to do it, but it surely was by no means easy or simple. The discontinuation of that first HomePod was absolutely welcome information for lots of fixers.
Thankfully, the story is quite a bit rosier with the second-generation HomePod that launched every week in the past. It seems that this time, you simply need to take away a number of screws and pry—Apple deserted the adhesive-heavy strategy seen within the first HomePod. It is nonetheless one thing solely skilled fixers ought to do, but it surely’s an enormous enchancment over the prior mannequin.
As soon as inside, iFixit discovered an unlimited warmth sink and postulated that it was there to maintain excessive temperatures from distorting the sound. iFixit additionally situated the humidity sensor and decided that it was the identical one within the HomePod mini.
All informed, iFixit deemed a lot simpler to service than the primary HomePod, however famous that there is nonetheless testing to do relating to any attainable software program locks that make issues extra difficult than they must be.
Itemizing picture by iFixit