Apple admits that HomePod will leave rings on certain wooden surfaces

Apple admits that HomePod will leave rings on certain wooden surfaces

These marks will apparently fade after several days of the device no longer being placed in the same area, or alternatively, the less persistent rings can be removed with a little elbow grease.

In the meantime, the official advice?

Apple would like you to know that you should think twice about putting it on an oiled wooden surface. Now a new test has backed up that claim from Apple and highlighted another smart speaker that has a similar behavior...

Another post on Pocket-Lint said the mark appeared after just 20 minutes of the HomePod sitting on a oak kitchen countertop. It talked about it at launch and, once reviewers got their hands on it, Apple was careful to ensure that all early reviewers were "on message" - and the message was the sound was awesome.

It is not yet clear if the problem affects all HomePod speakers or just a sample of the initial production run. But it seems there's another issue with the $349 device: it can leave white rings on wood surfaces.

According to one furniture polish advice site, the most common causes of white marks on wooden furniture are heat and moisture. So, they will damage your wood furniture, too. If so, that could hamper Apple's efforts to catch up to less expensive internet-connected speakers from Amazon and Google that had a head start in the still nascent market.

The support document was updated after a number of HomePod users who have had the device for the last week noticed that when they moved their new gadget it had left marks behind on wooden surfaces. In a statement to Wirecutter, an Apple representative said that the "marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface". WireCutter recently reported that the Apple HomePod could leave significant white rings on some wooden furniture that may not fully disappear.

'If the marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process, ' the firm continues, seemingly suggesting that the user might need to refinish their furniture in order for the ring to go away. An Apple spokesperson has confirmed the issue and offered a partial remedy.