Apple accepts HomePod leaves white rings on wooden furniture

Cesar Mills
February 16, 2018

There's a lot riding on the success of Apple's new HomePod smart speaker, so news that it had sold out on pre-orders ahead of the 9 February launch will have been met with a few sighs of relief in Apple's "spaceship" headquarters in Cupertino. When a user wants HomePod to stop from listening to his or her commands, the owner simply needs to say, "Hey Siri, stop listening".

Pocket-Lint's Miles said he'll have to refinish his countertop. If a white ring has been formed on your furniture, it is best that you let it be as it is or risk further damage to the wood. The severity of the marks seems to vary, judging from a tweet by MacStories' Federico Viticci. So, they will damage your wood furniture, too.

But for users who find that the stains won't go away, Apple has one message: tough luck.

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

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. "Try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method", so the suggestion went, which might be a little more intensive than you'd have hoped.

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The speaker leaves noticeable white rings on wooden furniture because it sends out sound downwards, rather than in parallel or upwards like other smart speakers, according to multiple reports. The effect is not as dramatic because Sonos One uses four corner feet and not a complete ring base, but the photos indeed prove Apple's point.

Apple's HomePod may auto-tune itself to suit wherever it's placed in a room, but there's a physical reason why you should still be careful about where you put the smart speaker.

For the HomePod, this really doesn't look good.

If moving the speaker doesn't work, Apple advises wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks.

Will this stop you buying a HomePod?

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