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Apple's HomePods are Staining Wood Surfaces

Apple’s brand new product, HomePod, has taken the smart speaker market by storm. There are a number of functionality components still missing, but one physical flaw is deterring potential buyers. Here’s what you need to know.

HomePod has blown buyers’ expectations with its outstanding sound quality, but it is not without its flaws. The speaker still has a number of features missing until Apple launches AirPlay 2 later this year, but there’s a single physical flaw that might steal its thunder.

The silicone base on the HomePod is damaging the surfaces of various wood furniture. The problem is widely shown on various websites and social media platforms. Apple has confirmed the issue, but the solution isn’t so simple. HomePod is not meant to be placed on a soft surface because the speakers of HomePod use hard surfaces to reflect sound waves. Soft surfaces cannot replicate this process as sound waves are absorbed. Apple has also warned users not to place a towel or coaster under HomePod for the same reason.

Affected customers have been told by Apple to use the oiling instructions for their piece of furniture to try and remove the rings. Apple has also said that the rings should gradually fade over a period of a few days once HomePod is removed from the area.

Apple has also updated its support area for HomePod to mention this issue and offer potential solutions for affected customers. Their support page says, 

HomePod is designed for indoor use only. When using HomePod, make sure to place it on a solid surface. Place the power cord so that it won’t be walked on or pinched.

It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer’s recommended cleaning process. If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.
— Apple

Do you plan on buying a HomePod? Has this issue swayed you one direction or another? Let myself and other readers know below!

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