Speaking of the original HomePod, while searching for used or refurbished models, I came across something very disturbing: not every white HomePod owner treated their smart speaker as if it existed in the white expanse of Jony Quince.
As mentioned, I recently bought a used stereo pair of HomePods for about $450. When HomePod first launched, it was a $700 rig, so the price seems pretty fair. Both HomePods are white and each speaker cover appears to be in pristine condition.
However, this is not the case for every white HomePod sold by hand. Some vendors are offering white HomePods that appear to have partially survived the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs.
This is the first thing that caught my attention for obvious reasons. The seller said “like new”. and it was sold. My guess is that the buyer just wanted to find out what went wrong in the four years that the HomePod has been on Earth.
Let's talk about patina. The poor thing still seems to work, but I bet the sound is muffled by smog.
Then there's the white HomePod, which seems to have been the unfortunate recipient of a stale cup of coffee. I'm not sure if this is better or worse than the Smurf edition, which was intentionally colored
Here's the unfortunate white HomePod, which obviously got overheated by AirPower.
The more I think about it, there's something cool about a battered white HomePod who fights to see another day… even though the touchpad has a deep notch here and there.
You must transfer it to the OG HomePod. The thing is tight! Just don't mention that it stops working after a few years of careful handling.
However, I must conclude, that owners of these former white HomePods should never be allowed to buy another white Apple product again…
How Has your HomePod performed well over the years? Any suggestions on how these carefully used HomePods fell apart? Let us know in the comments!