Apple HomePod Owners, Beware: The Smart Speaker May Damage Wooden Furniture

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Pocket-Lint founder Stuart Miles told BBC that the HomePod left a white mark on his kitchen worktop after just being on there for 20 minutes.

It appears that Apple's newly launched HomePod smart speaker is leaving white ring stains on a certain wooden surface, that have been treated with wax or oil.

If you still insist that the flawless place for your HomePod is on a wooden surface, you might consider some kind of barrier between the base of the HomePod and the wooden surface. I had the Sonos Ones sitting on top of a pair of speakers with a clear coat, and no white marks were apparent.

The silicone pad on the bottom of Apple's expensive new smart speaker is leaving unsightly white rings on wooden surfaces.

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

"It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces".

After two different sites noted that the HomePod made the marks on some oil-finished furniture, Apple published a new support document - Cleaning and taking care of HomePod.

According to Bloomberg, the speaker generates thinner profit margins for the company compared to products such as the successful Apple Watch and iPhone.

The marks left by the HomePod threaten to stain Apple's reputation for designing iPhones, iPads and Mac computers that are frequently prized as much for how they look as for how they work.

It has yet to be seen how this will affect sales and whether it will provide an advantage to competing products such as Google Home, Amazon Echo Dot and Sonos One.

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 manufacturers recommended cleaning process.

A number of people who bought the just-released £319 speaker are reporting that it leaves a white ring on the surfaces of wooden furniture.

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

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