HomePod Mini Repair Fee is Only $20 Cheaper Than Buying a New One Without AppleCare+

Ahead of the HomePod mini launching next week, Apple has revealed that it will charge a fee of $79 to service the speaker for customers without AppleCare+ coverage. This is only $20 cheaper than buying an entirely new HomePod mini for $99.

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By comparison, AppleCare+ for the HomePod mini involves a $15 upfront cost and an additional $15 per-incident fee for up to two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months. Ultimately, if you damage your HomePod mini and need it serviced, it will cost you $30 with AppleCare+ or $79 without in the United States.

While many customers may find AppleCare+ unnecessary for the HomePod mini, those with pets or young children may want to consider purchasing coverage.

HomePod mini pre-orders began November 6, and the speaker launches Monday, November 16.

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Top Rated Comments

G4DPII Avatar
20 months ago
Ha ha ha, what a crock! So Apple are now basically telling it's customers it's better value for money to buy a new product rather than get it repaired.

So much for caring for the environment.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darthbane2k Avatar
20 months ago
Not sure I care. The notion of buying insurance for a mini smart speaker is absurd.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Brian Y Avatar
20 months ago

Some of the comments here are rather comical.
How much time and effort would it cost to fix a HomePod mini?


Ithe exterior fabric is damaged, do they have an option to replace that in store? What about the internal parts?

The fact that there’s an upfront price for any repair is pretty good. The fact that it costs 80% of the cost of the product simply shows that replacing key parts of the product isn’t as simple as some people would like.

It could also suggest that Apple have priced the product itself rather competitive. I doubt we’d have these same complaints if the repair was $79 but new ones were $149
But Apple is claiming to be environmentally friendly. If your power cord gets damaged, it's a whole new unit. If the fabric rips, it's a whole new unit. Cable inside becomes loose... guess what? Whole new unit!

But don't worry, the ice caps are doing good because we didn't get a charger with our new iPhones.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Brian Y Avatar
20 months ago
Sorry, but this is absolute bull pricing.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ouimetnick Avatar
20 months ago
That’s because they don’t repair them. They replace them and recycle the old one.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miniyou64 Avatar
20 months ago
Apple is making some very stupid decisions lately. They used to be premium products because they worked flawlessly. Now they’re just over priced. This device’s value proposition is Siri. Siri gets worse every iteration and I hear it’s even more terrible on HomePod. No buy
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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