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Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfaces

Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfaces

Both the Wirecutter and Pocket-lint noticed the problem, which has since been confirmed (and downplayed) by Apple.

This issue can also happen with other objects, including other speakers, so it's certainly not a specific problem with the HomePod-but rather how the wood finish reacts to silicone and other materials in general.

Some joked that Apple should instruct users to put a coaster under their HomePod, with one quipping that "ten 'HomePod Coaster" start ups were formed in the past two hours'.

Apple's HomePod is an fantastic speaker, but it comes at a price.

The HomePod speaker is photographed in a a showroom during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, June 5, 2017, in San Jose, Calif.

KitGuru Says: Unfortunately, as decorative as smart speakers can be, it's wise to be tired on how you will display it in your home so as to avoid destroying furniture. Apple, like Amazon.com and Alphabet's Google, wants the HomePod to keep consumers tied to its system of services like its music subscription. The company at the launch of the Siri-enabled HomePod did not mention of any white ring nor did it warn the users for not placing the speaker on any wooden surface.

HomePod owners have been tackling this regrettable issue through the use of social media in efforts to shed awareness of the matter, as well as express their obvious frustrations. The effect is not as dramatic because Sonos One uses four corner feet and not a complete ring base, but the photos indeed prove Apple's point.

According to multiple reports, the silicone base of the HomePod leaves behind a white ring stain on wooden surfaces. It told users to "try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method". The firm added that it's the result of "oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface".

The Cupertino, Calif. -based company went on to say that the markings should fade within several days, and suggested wiping the surface gently with a soft cloth.

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