Apple HomePod May Leave White Rings on Some Wood Furniture

Apple HomePod May Leave White Rings on Some Wood Furniture

Wirecutter notes that the smart speaker is fine to place on other surfaces, including glass, granite, particle board (what Ikea furniture is made from), and wood that's been sealed with polyurethane.

Apple most likely went through these reports and has updated the support page.

Apple has admitted its new HomePod smartspeaker can damage wooden surfaces, but its only suggestion is that concerned customers move their speaker to avoid the white stains.

The issue appears to be related to the oils and surface polish in the wood reacting negatively with the silicone foot on the bottom of the 2.5kg speaker. Add on the £13 shipping fee for those who don't live near an Apple Store, and you get a fix bill that's nearly as much as the £319 price for a brand-new HomePod. However, it looks like the issues haven't ended yet for the company.

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The Apple HomePod was released last week, and while early reviews have been largely positive, some have noticed that the speaker is leaving white marks on wooden surfaces.

"And this from Twitter user Guy San Francisco, who tweeted on Saturday: "#homepod left rings on my wood furniture in less than 20 minutes of use. The integrated HomePod cable can be repaired for just £25, although most users would still have preferred one that could be removed... If you're still having issues, Apple advises you follow the furniture's recommended cleaning processor or put your speaker somewhere else. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Wirecutter said in its review that the HomePod left a white ring on an oiled butcher-block countertop, while Pocket-Lint's review model left a similar mark on an oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil.

Apple has a long-standing reputation for embedding moments of design cleverness and even delight into its products, and the HomePod offers both, from setup to sound quality. If necessary, you can clean HomePod with a damp cloth.

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