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Apple's new HomePod destroys wood furniture, users complain

16 February 2018

Apple's HomePod speakers may have impressed the audiophiles across the world but the owners of wood furniture are left distressed because leaving the speaker on top of wooden surfaces cause a unusual white ring to form.

Wirecutter reviewer John Chase said: "This really undermines the design aspect of the HomePod, especially if you were thinking of displaying it on some prized piece of furniture". The smart speaker has some shortcomings, and the fact that it may damage wooden furniture is the latest to be added to that list. According to Apple, the marks can fade over the course of several days after the HomePod is removed, and if that doesn't work, you should clean the surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method. Other customers have noted that the marks are deeper and more apparent on different types of wood, but one thing remains constant, the rings will appear if you place this item on a wooden surface.

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.

Apple's HomePod has been getting excellent reviews for its audio performance, even if Siri's voice-control badly lag behind the competition.

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Make sure you put a coaster down before placing your new Apple HomePod on a wooden surface.

Numerous reviews and users on Twitter have been pointing out the major flaw in Apple's new smart speaker, which is apparently caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the surface of the Apple. If they don't go away on their own, wiping them with a damp or dry cloth should do the trick.

Product review and recommendation site Wirecutter published a review on Wednesday saying the HomePod left a white circle on a wooden surface, the reviewer warned not to put the device on nice or expensive wooden furniture. This is quite unfortunate especially since the HomePods are not meant to be kept on soft surfaces.

Apple seems to have taken note, now including on its website details on where to place the smart speaker.

Apple's new HomePod destroys wood furniture, users complain