Wow, That is expensive.
I must know that the Homepod is much better than the rivals for the price to be 
that much LOL!
I will not move from my iPhone seven for a long time LOL!
David Moore
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From: Sieghard Weitzel
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 2:14 AM
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: I went to pick up my Apple HomePod and got a dire warning, CNET

Why on earth they wouldn't make it a standard plug-in cable like on the Apple 
TV which happens to be the same as any Sonos player is beyond me.

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Dudley
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 1:45 PM
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: I went to pick up my Apple HomePod and got a dire warning, CNET

I saw online that the repair for the HomePod cable is $29. 
Aleeha 

> On Feb 11, 2018, at 2:28 PM, M. Taylor <mk...@ucla.edu> wrote:
> 
> I went to pick up my Apple HomePod and got a dire warning
> Commentary: When you buy Apple's new musically smart speaker, you're 
> told to be very careful with it or it'll really cost you.
> By Chris Matyszczyk, February 11, 2018 9:30 AM PST
> 
> It really is quite pretty.
> Andrew Hoyle/CNET
> It was such a sunny day in Northern California on Friday.
> Little did I know that it would be clouded by portents of doom. 
> After all, I was wandering along to my local Apple store in Marin 
> County to pick up an Apple HomePod on launch day.
> I'd never bought a first-generation Apple product before, preferring 
> the company to iron out kinks before I give it my louchely earned lucre.
> For utterly irrational reasons, I felt good about the HomePod. 
> Yes, it's expensive. But I couldn't bear the idea of a Google Home or 
> Amazon Echo -- aka the salt cellar and the garbage can -- in the 
> house. Aesthetics, you understand. (I can feel you pitying me.) I 
> presented the QR code kindly texted me by Apple that morning and the 
> store employee, a rather positive sort, insisted I'd be so very, very 
> excited about getting my new toy.
> "We've been playing with it here all morning and the sound fills the 
> whole store. It's incredible," he said.
> "Incredible sounds good," I thought to myself. "But is that better 
> than, say, magical and revolutionary?" It's hard to tell with Apple's 
> constant embrace of superlatives.
> We chatted pleasantly for a little while, as we waited for the HomePod 
> to emerge from the back.
> But when it did arrive, the atmosphere changed.
> "Now I have to warn you," the store employee began. Oh. 
> "The cable is permanently attached to the HomePod. If you rip it, 
> it'll cost you almost as much as the HomePod itself to repair," he 
> said. (Naturally, someone has already tried to rip it off.) I didn't 
> have time to react, as he continued: "A pet or a vacuum cleaner 
> catches it, and it'll be really expensive."
> I insisted I had neither of these things.
> He barely listened and added: "Unless you've got AppleCare."
> Aha. 
> The math is painful. The HomePod costs $350. Repairing it costs $279, 
> as revealed by Apple support -- and my Apple store salesman -- on Friday.
> As for AppleCare+ for HomePod, which extends your coverage to two 
> years, that's $39.
> The Apple store employee admitted that he was duty-bound to lay out 
> his fears for my gadget-caring inadequacies.
> It is, though, rare for a product to cost almost as much to repair as 
> to buy. Repair costs for Apple products are going up, though. The cost 
> of repairing an iPhone X screen? Why, $279.
> In the case of the HomePod, unless you have AppleCare+, why wouldn't 
> you just buy a new one, rather than wait an unspecified period for 
> your own to be repaired?
> Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. It's 
> likely, however, that the high cost of repair is linked to the fact 
> that the product is one whole piece, with seemingly no place of entry to 
> outsiders at all.
> The mesh of the device, though, will surely attract some 
> scratching-obsessed cats. Which, in my experience, is most cats. It'll 
> be fascinating to see whether there will be a sudden surge of cat-related 
> snafus.
> I walked out with my head hanging a little lower, worried about a 
> neighbor's cat wandering into our house. A few hours later, it 
> actually happened, as a lithe ginger cat sauntered in to look around. 
> (The front door's open when it's warm.) I want to end on an uplift, 
> however. Let's talk about the HomePod's cable.
> It's thick and study-looking. It doesn't look as if it will fray like, 
> well, every other Apple cable I've owned. It doesn't look easy to yank 
> off, even if you're an aggressive vacuum cleaner or a rabid cat.
> Why doesn't the person who designed this cable design all of Apple's others?
> I brought my HomePod home. It took but a minute to set up. It's 
> actually quite pretty and the sound is clear and strong. Although Siri 
> has already begun to protest that she's can't play my music any louder 
> than she is already.
> "Try harder," I keep pleading.
> Now, though, it's me against the neighborhood cats. I wonder if I 
> could charge their owners $279 if their cat scratches my HomePod.
> 
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> -dire-
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