Apple's new HomePod doesn't respect wood
Apple's new smart speakers leaving white ring stains on wooden surfaces, users report
Apple's new HomePod is apparently leaving white ring marks on wooden furniture.
Early adopters of the new smart speakers, which only went on sale last week, are reporting that the device leaves behind a white mark on some wooden surfaces, gadget site PocketLint has reported. Some users have said that the device can leave a stain on wooden furniture within just a few minutes.
Apple has admitted that the vibration-dampening silicone base on the HomePod may react with wood in some cases, leaving "mild marks", although the company said the marks will fade with time.
Some commenters online said they have had to resort to sanding down and re-oiling surfaces to remove the marks.
The design of the HomePod requires that its flat base, without feet or a protective layer, is in contact with a solid surface to produce a deep base response, with users praising the powerful base from the small speakers. Putting a mat or padding under the HomePod results in a much weaker base output. Apple has suggested moving the speaker to a non-reactive surface.