Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfaces

Leigh Mccormick
February 16, 2018

And now there's a very different kind of stain being directed at HomePod: It can leave a white ring on some wood furniture.

Apple has since confirmed that its new speaker may cause damage to wooden furniture and has created a dedicated help page to support customers who are experiencing this issue.

Fortune contacted Apple for more information and to ask whether future versions of the HomePod will be created to eliminate the circles from forming. 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. Users have noticed that the $350 smart speaker has began to leave white rings on a limited amount of wooden surfaces. But, as I was inspecting the damage, I noticed a series of smaller white marks near where the HomePod was sitting.

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

The Wirecutter said "glass, granite countertop, nice MDF, polyurethane-sealed wood, and cheap IKEA bookcases", were all immune to the damage during its tests.

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I would advise anyone purchasing these speakers to place something between them and whatever surface you're planning to place it on.

In other related news, it has emerged (somewhat incredulously), that an Apple support document now advises users against placing the HomePod on wooden furniture. We imagine that Apple will fix the issues with the devices grip in the near future to eliminate theses issue, but until then we recommend thinking twice before setting your new HomePod somewhere else. Sonos Play:1, which is the older version that Apple sells without Amazon Alexa baked in, also has a similar bottom design.

Early adopters of Apple's new £319 HomePod smart speaker have started complaining that the "new sound of home" is leaving white ring marks on wooden surfaces that are hard to remove.

A number of publications, including Wirecutter and Pocket-Lint, noted the issue in their reviews. Pocket-lint's review said the HomePod left a white ring on their table after only 2 minutes.

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