Apple confirms its HomePod speaker leaves ugly marks on wooden surfaces

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In an explanation posted Wednesday, Apple said the problem occurs with speakers that, like the HomePod, are equipped with a silicon base to minimize vibration.

While the folks over at The Inquirer didn't have such a bad time removing the white rings left by their device, Wirecutter's and Pocket-Lint's marks were much more persistent, fading but never full disappearing. Though it's still too early to tell whether the HomePod's blemishes on wood will dampen the device's sales.

It was also revealed this week that Sonos speakers were also leaving marks on some wooden surfaces.

The issue appears to occur on surfaces "treated with Danish oil", the website says.

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APPLE HAS SHRUGGED OFF CLAIMS that its HomePod speaker is leaving an unsightly white ring on wooden furniture. The Apple HomePod is ruining its customers' furniture due to the chemicals that are used to create its body.

"Wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks", it continues.

After acknowledging the issue, Apple has updated its official page for HomePod.

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'.

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When I learned yesterday that Apple's HomePod speaker-which I had been testing-can damage oil-stained wood, I was more than a little concerned, as it had been sitting on my cabinet for quite some time.

That compares with margins of 66 percent and 56 percent for the Google Home and Amazon Echo, products that compete in the smart-speaker market, but offer lower audio quality, according to the firm's estimates. When using HomePod, make sure to place it on a solid surface. If you're still having issues, Apple advises you follow the furniture's recommended cleaning processor or put your speaker somewhere else.

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.

Despite the pile-on against Apple, the HomePod is not the only smart speaker that can stain one's coffee table.

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