Apple admits HomePod leaves wooden furniture with a odd white ring

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Beyond that, well, "if you're concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface".

Apple who a short while ago recognised the burning problem but failed to come up with a solution acknowledged claims that the device discolours wooden surfaces, leaving a white mark.

"Apple is compressing their margins a bit, wanting to go big or go home", said Al Cowsky, TechInsight's costing manager. The HomePod shouldn't leave a mark on surfaces with a polyurethane finish. However, it looks like the issues haven't ended yet for the company.

The company told Wirecutter that "the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface", and that if the rings persist, you should "try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method".

If tepid reviews weren't bad enough for the new smart speaker HomePod, Apple now has a new concern to deal with: Furniture damage.

This Twitter user said the damage only took 20 minutes.

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Through an updated support page, Apple confirmed the authenticity of the problem, which is apparently due to the interaction between the silicone base of the HomePod and the oils used for finishing the surfaces of wooden furniture.

The statement shows not an very bad lot has changed at Apple since the late Steve Jobs told iPhone 4 users concerned about the "Antennagate" flaw to "just told it differently".

Will this stop you buying a HomePod?

In a review of the device published on Wednesday, product recommendation site Wirecutter said the speaker left white circles behind on a wooden surface.

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'. If not, Apple suggests wiping the area with a soft or damp cloth - or if further cleaning is needed - you should be sure to follow the furniture-maker's guidelines for cleaning stains.

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