Should you buy AppleCare+ insurance for your HomePod?
Best answer: Yes. If you're at all worried that anything might happen to your HomePod, buying the AppleCare+ plan for Homepod will cost you $39 on top of the $349 and give you peace of mind.Apple: HomePod ($349)
What's covered under AppleCare+ for HomePod?
With AppleCare+ in place for your HomePod, you'll extend your warranty coverage from one year to two years and be covered for two incidents of accidental damage from handling the HomePod subject to a $39 service fee for each instance.
AppleCare+ will not cover damage deemed to be superficial or cosmetic, meaning if you scratch up the exterior of your HomePod, but it otherwise functions normally, you won't be able to get the damage fixed.
Don't forget Apple's fantastic support
Included in the AppleCare+ plan for HomePod is two years of telephone support for features like AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and the Home app. Plus, telephone support is especially good if you run across any software issues. Rather than running to your nearest Apple store, you can attempt to troubleshoot the issue from the comfort of your own home.
This support is invaluable if you're buying the Homepod for someone who needs help setting these services up, or you need help yourself. AppleCare+ has your back with excellent customer support customer support.
Is it worth it?
When you're already paying $349 for the HomePod, I can understand if you find it hard to dish out the extra money for AppleCare+. After all, if you plan on placing your HomePod in one place and never moving it again, you probably won't have to worry about accidentally damaging it.
That being said, if anything goes wrong with your HomePod in the first two years (accidentally or at the manufacturer level) fixing the problem for $39 through AppleCare+ will be much cheaper than having to replace the entire HomePod or have Apple do an out-of-warranty repair.
Ultimately, the decision is yours to make, but for an extra $39, I think the peace of mind is worth it.
Siri-enabled speaker with great sound!
HomePod is the simplest and best way to listen to Apple Music and Podcasts, and iTunes Music and iTunes and Matched songs, and to AirPlay audio from iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You can place it anywhere, from the corner of a room to the center of a deck, and it will immediately measure and adapt to create a rich, immersive soundstage with clear, crisp audio and little or no perceptible distortion regardless of how softly or loudly you pump the volume.
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Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way.
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