Apple accepts HomePod leaves white rings on wooden furniture

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Apple has acknowledged the issue and told Pocket-lint that it is possible for a speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave behind a mild mark on certain wooden surfaces. The mark is visible and in some cases it fades away with time.

In the meantime, the official advice?

If you look at any reviews online, you will see that most seem to agree that Apple's HomePod does indeed serve up excellent sound quality.

According to TechInsights, Apple's HomePod costs $216 to make and has an extremely thinner profit margin when compared to the likes of Apple Watch and iPhone. While Apple might have made sure the speaker sounds immaculate when it comes to acoustics, but users may have to ensure that they don't put it on a wooden table.

A number of publications, including Wirecutter and Pocket-Lint, noted the issue in their reviews. While it was not a huge problem for him, it would be a major issue for customers who unknowingly place their HomePod on an expensive piece of wooden furniture.

Apple has since updated its HomePod support page to reflect the issue, saying that the mark may be caused by oils diffusing between the device's silicone base and the table surface.

Yesterday it was discovered that HomePod can leave white rings on oiled wood finishes during normal use - something that is not obvious nor ideal. Unfortunately, users of the smart speaker have noticed that it leaves distinct white rings behind when sat on wooden surfaces for a period of time.

The tech giant adds that the marks should disappear "after several days" or after they've been wiped with a cloth. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process.

Reuters/Stephen LamThe Homepod- Apple's first venture into the field of smart speakers.

Pogue was motivated to conduct the test as he felt that an official Apple demonstration of the HomePod against the competition hadn't been conducted on an even playing field. The Wirecutter also tested it on glass, granite, polyurethane-sealed wood, IKEA bookshelves, etc, and lo and behold, it saw no visible damage to those surfaces.

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