The iFixit Teardown is up for the HomePod 2, and it contains some good news. The original HomePod was full of glue and other bits, making it difficult to repair, but the new one is much better. “The most significant change is that the HomePod 2 can be opened without destroying it.”
We all wonder why Apple pulled the original HomePod before the second-generation HomePod was ready. I can’t help but think their tendency to fail and near-impossibility to repair played a role. Apple has made significant improvements in repairability with the new one. Hopefully, they will be more reliable as well.