HomePod Mini Teardown Confirms Power Cord Can't Be Removed

Apple's newly released HomePod mini features a USB-C power cord that plugs into a separate power adapter, and there was speculation that the cord could perhaps be removed, but that's not the case.

homepod mini teardown cable
In a home teardown, MacRumors forum member ouimetnick found that the power cord is not meant to come out and it is not replaceable if it is removed.

The standard HomePod also comes with a cord that's not meant to be removed, but it can technically be pulled out with enough force and then reattached. That does not appear to be the case with the ‌HomePod mini‌, and attempting to remove the cable can lead to damage to the speaker.

homepod mini teardown
The quick home teardown also walks through disassembling the ‌HomePod mini‌ and shows off the built in S5 chip that powers the device. Most people won't need to open up the ‌HomePod mini‌, but it's a useful look inside in lieu of iFixit's traditional teardown.

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Top Rated Comments

Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
15 months ago
I can't stop laughing at the first picture. Reminds me of when I was a kid and used to take things apart from around my house; then have no idea how to put it back together :cool:
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reason077 Avatar
15 months ago

what happens with the plug/wire goes bad? just have genius bar rip you off as usual?
Unlikely to ever happen during the lifetime of a device that isn't moved around much. When was the last time you had to replace the power cord on your toaster? Your TV? Your lamp?

Laptops and phones are very different because we're plugging and unplugging them every day and stressing the cables constantly.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
danny842003 Avatar
15 months ago

not the point tho.

what happens with the plug/wire goes bad? just have genius bar rip you off as usual?
what do you do with every other household appliance that has a fixed cable? It’s a rea non issue.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citysnaps Avatar
15 months ago

This non detachable cabling is a joke. C'mon apple y'alls really had to do this?
How many toaster, radio, TV, floor lamp, (and on and on) power cords have you had to replace in the last twenty years?

For me, with many dozens of tools and home electrical products, the answer is none over a few decades.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citysnaps Avatar
15 months ago
Oh my frigging god...

I'm starting to get a major case of the shakes now realizing my 20 year old toaster that I frequently use has a non-detachable power cable!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
15 months ago
Huh, I guess I'm going to tough it out with my current solution: an old iPhone in an air freshener case…



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Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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