Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfaces


Pocket-Lint offered a similar observation in its review, stating, "Within 20 minutes the HomePod had caused a white discolored ring to appear on the wood that some days later has faded, although still hasn't completely disappeared".

In the meantime, the official advice?

It means you can not put your speaker on your desk, or table top, shelves or a wooden floor, making the HomeHub even more of a chocolate teapot.

The company is taking flack for not warning customers in advance that the HomePod and wood was a bad mix, so future buyers might want to think about where to place it.

Moreover, the HomePod has been criticised for being a mere speaker, not as smart as Google Home or Alexa.

Apple confirmed to two outlets that HomePod can damage oiled wooden surfaces thanks to a reaction with the device's silicone base.

Apple says that these rings are a result of the oils diffused between the speaker's vibration-dampening silicone base and the wood.

While this issue has no doubt surprised many, it has also not gone down well with Apple enthusiast.

"If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks", it continues. If you are really going to put the HomePod on wood, then make sure that there is a piece of cloth placed between both surfaces to prevent the irreparable harm.

The marks left by the HomePod threaten to stain Apple's reputation for designing iPhones, iPads and Mac computers that are frequently prized as much for how they look as for how they work. If you've splurged £320 on an Apple HomePod with the intention of displaying it on your equally-expensive shelf or table, you probably shouldn't.

Similarly, the HomePod, or more accurately Siri, has impressive chops for quickly deciphering which Apple device you're speaking to and responding correctly, most every time.

Apple also suggested to the review site the Wirecutter "try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method".