13 April 2018
Update: February 14th, 2018
We shared the entire teardown of the HomePod done by iFixit. Now, you can watch the video and know this process in one place. iFixit has now shared teardown video of the HomePod. Watch it from below -
Original Post (February 13th, 2018)
The Apple HomePod speaker, which went up for sale last month, has been quite popular in the market. The $349 speaker recently went a teardown process and revealed the world inside. The iFixit teardown sheds a little more light on the complex interiors of the simple-looking HomePod. Let’s take a look at what they have found.
iFixit, who are a teardown expert, admitted that there might be a simpler way to open the HomePod than what they have learnt, as they were forced to use a variety of tools to gain access to the internal components, including a heat gun, a guitar pick, a knife, and even a hacksaw and an ultrasonic cutter!
After opening the first layer, iFixit found the hidden 14-pin connector, which might be used to test or program the HomePods on pogo pins during the assembly.
The fabric mesh is made of a netted layer with “tiny wiry coils” that are connected at the end with glue and screws. In the center, the ‘+’ and ‘-’ symbols are cut out directly on the board itself. A set of 19 LEDs is combined with the diffuser at the center that creates the blurry Siri ‘orb’ waveform seen on the surface of the device when interacted with. The subwoofer that drives the bass uses a giant magnet accompanied by a lot of other strong magnets that create a seven-tweeter array inside the speaker.
Further inspecting, iFixit also found the Apple A8 chip that is likely paired with 1GB of RAM underneath. There is also 16GB of flash storage from Toshiba; however, users cannot store songs on the speaker directly. As for the power supply, the HomePod has a two-part supply. The inner block handles the AC/DC conversion and the outer ring distributes power to all the eight speakers.
Overall, iFixit gave the HomePod a 1/10 repairability score, hinting that the Apple repair facilities might have a secret method to get inside the device. This further explains the $279 repairing cost of the device outside warranty.