HomePods are staining wooden tables with a white ring
By Chaim Gartenberg
Apple's HomePod is a great sounding but ideologically flawed speaker, and it
turns out there's another major problem with the smart speaker aside from
its lack of support for Spotify. Apparently the silicone base of the HomePod
can damage wooden furniture, with multiple outlets (including Wirecutter and
Pocket Lint) reporting that leaving the speaker on top of wooden surfaces
can cause a white ring to form.
Apple has confirmed the issue to Wirecutter, stating that "the marks can
improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood
surface," with the company also recommending that users "try cleaning the
surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method" if the white rings
Given that HomePods aren't meant to be put on a soft surface (the tweeters
fire down, so putting it on cloth messes with the reflectivity of the
sound), it's not the sort of problem you can solve by just putting down a
cloth underneath it, either.
Congratulations to everyone on their beautiful HomePods and sorry it
secretes a deadly acid that destroys your furniture
Apple has also updated its official support page for the HomePod, explaining
that "It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone
base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces." According to
the support page, the marks are apparently caused by "oils diffusing between
the silicone base and the table surface." In addition to the previous stated
advice about hoping the marks go away or cleaning the surface, Apple also
said for customers who are concerned about the issue, "We recommend placing
your HomePod on a different surface."
Update February 14th, 4:00pm: Added additional information about placing the
HomePod on soft surfaces. Updated post to reflect new information from
Apple's official support page for the HomePod.
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