Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfaces

Posted February 16, 2018

In case you've missed it, numerous HomePod users report that their wooden furniture has been stained by the oils of the sound-dampening silicon base of the smart speaker.

The company's new internet-connected speaker and virtual assistant could leave marks behind "when placed on some wooden surfaces", Apple confirmed on Wednesday. But for now, if you've got an expensive wooden furniture that you're a fan of, you might want to keep your HomePod far away from it until there's more information (or at the very least, maybe invest in a stand).

John Birchman tweeted, "Wait, so Apple's Home Pod is leaving marks on wood surfaces treated with oil or wax?" Apple has produced a small speaker that produces a sound way above its stature, in a way that is enjoyable to listen to whatever you music you're in to.

Apple has acknowledged the issue, first spotted by reviewers at Wirecutter and gadget site Pocket-Lint and by some users on Twitter.

Apple updated its HomePod support page to allay users' concerns about the stains.

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As it turns out, Apple's HomePod can destroy your home furniture. "It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces", it wrote.

Apple's HomePod smart speaker has gotten mixed reviews, with some critics lauding its audio prowess while dinging the new Apple product for being locked into Apple's ecosystem.

The Wirecutter and other publications cited the issue in its tests and now an Apple spokesperson has weighed in with a remarkable statement, admitting the flaw.

Essentially what Apple is trying to say here is that this is not a defect in any way and is recommended that you place the speaker on some other surface if you are concerned about the white ring.

Apple began selling its HomePod smart speaker last week and, between mixed reviews and a furniture staining issue, it hasn't been the company's smoothest launch. "Within 20 minutes, the HomePod had caused a white discolored ring to appear on the wood that some days later has faded, although still hasn't completely disappeared".