As soon as it is a product launched, it is natural that a lot of news about it appears, with a discovery here and another there. It is like HomePodIt's not being different.
When we did the unboxing his here at , we thought the outside cable was fully attached (embedded) to the device, but this is not entirely true.
A user on Reddit reported that yes, the HomePod cable removable, but I need some strength to get it done. We then decided to test and found that, yes, it is possible to remove the cable but this may not be a good practice.
As can be noted, there is a plug made for the (un) fitting, but the force necessary to remove the cable is an indication that this should not be done or Apple does not want to do so. The information is even there in the device's User Guide, as noted by the MacRumors:
HomePod includes a built-in power cord that should not be removed.
In rare circumstances where the cable is removed or damaged, do not attempt to remove or reinsert it into the HomePod. If the cable is removed or damaged, damage to the cable or HomePod internal components may occur.
If you insist on unplugging the cable or, if for some reason, something goes wrong, the repair can be done, but it costs $ 29 in the United States (25 in the UK and AU $ 39 in Australia) and you need to deliver the entire HomePod to Apple, not just your cable!
If there is so much protocol for a single cable, why then did Apple define that it would be partly removable? We can think of some possible explanations none actually proven by Ma.
The way the entire device was coated, its workmanship and how it was assembled was purposely made to make it look like a single piece of hardware attaching Jony Ive to devices. unibody. That is, it may seem totally non-removable for aesthetic, design reasons.
On the other hand, perhaps the ability to remove it has to do as the 9to5Mac with the provision of HomePod in Apple stores. And a good explanation why the entire device needs to be taken for repair would be the safety factor once the cable is damaged, it may affect the entire device.
One possibility of the cable being removable would be the ease of switching from region to region, as the plugs vary around the world which is one of the most plausible explanations for me.
In any case, as we have already commented on our videos, this is a device that carries the word “Home” in its name; that is, you will probably leave it standing in your house and you won't even have to take the cable out. If, ultimately, you really need to know that you can do so, but at your own risk.