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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.

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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.

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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.

Article Link: HomePod Mini Teardown Confirms Power Cord Can't Be Removed
 

ouimetnick

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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:
I mean you aren’t wrong. 😂 it’s back together except I have to thread the draw string back into the mesh. I usually take stuff apart on a ESD safe bench but the spare bedroom was the place to be for a quick and dirty tear down. I’ll try to get some more photos tonight.
 
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jz0309

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I mean you aren’t wrong. 😂 it’s back together except I have to thread the draw string back into the mesh. I usually take stuff apart on a ESD safe bench but the spare bedroom was the place to be for a quick and dirty tear down. I’ll try to get some more photos tonight.
Nicely done and thanks for doing and posting it!
 
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orbital~debris

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That last shot reminds me of the kind of nightmare-inducing robot face underneath an android's 'skin' (think Westworld, amongst others).

HomePod mini cute before disassemble, though!
 
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roland.g

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Ok. So can you plug the usb c cord into a large portable battery to use as a portable speaker?
 
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Reason077

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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.
 
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xnu

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I guess because Apple charges $19 for a simple power cable they figure a $99 speaker is just what you get.
 
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