Apple's HomePod does not respect wood

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To be fair, HomePod isn't the only smart speaker to leave marks on wooden surfaces, Sonos is also having this issue.

The company suggests the marks can be remedied by wiping the wood down with a soft damp or dry cloth, but failing that, the surface will need to be cleaned or resurfaced.

Pictured is a white ring left by the HomePod.

The HomePod was first announced in June 2017 and was set to go on sale in December, that date was then pushed back to 2018.

The issue appears to be related to the oils and surface polish in the wood reacting negatively with the silicone foot on the bottom of the 2.5kg speaker.

Wirecutter reviewer John Chase said: "This really undermines the design aspect of the HomePod, especially if you were thinking of displaying it on some prized piece of furniture".

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The Apple HomePod is capable of producing audio that sounds incredible, but it is far from being flawless.

In other related news, it has emerged (somewhat incredulously), that an Apple support document now advises users against placing the HomePod on wooden furniture. I would be more pissed at the fact that Apple's advice is to "just refinish your furniture or place it on a different surface" At that point, I would spend less money for a product that wouldn't potentially permanently damage my furniture.

It says the marks are caused by oils diffusing between the silicon and surface. In case the stain doesn't go away, the company recommends "cleaning the surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method". Stuart Miles said the speaker left a mark on his kitchen worktop within 20 minutes.

However the Tame Apple Press is rather shocked particularly after it had spent so much time telling their readers that the sound quality of the speakers was good and the device was worth the money spent.

Early reviews of the device have found that the speaker leaves a white ring on wooden surfaces shortly after being placed there.

One Twitter user pointed out that his Echo Dot produced a similar mark when it was put on oiled wood. Apple explained that such stains can be typical in speakers.

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