Last month, Apple announced the HomePod mini, a smaller and cheaper version of the HomePod for just $99. It’s a pretty good deal all things considered, but in the event that it ever gets damaged and you need to pay Apple to get it fixed, you might want to just buy a new model instead.
This is because according to an Apple support document, it seems that the speakers will cost customers $79 to repair if you don’t have an AppleCare+ coverage. Given that a brand new model costs $99, it might actually seem like a better deal to just buy a new unit instead. However, with AppleCare+, it will cost customers $15 in an upfront cost, and an additional $15 per-incident fee for up to two incidents of accidental damage, which means that repairing the HomePod mini with AppleCare+ will cost you $30.
That being said, AppleCare+ isn’t free and we’re not sure who might think it’s necessary to purchase a coverage plan for a set of speakers, but it’s something to consider if you have kids at home who might be less than careful when handling the speakers. However, if you don’t buy AppleCare+, like we said, ultimately it might actually be a better deal to just buy a brand new unit if it gets damaged.