Planning to buy an Apple HomePod? Before setting it on your expensive wood furniture, you might want to put a coaster down.
Because, like a cold can of beer, HomePod may leave white rings on your wood surfaces. A number of early HomePod adopters and reviewers have reported the strange phenomenon affecting the pricey smart speaker, which lunched on Friday following a two-month delay.
#homepod left rings on my wood furniture in less than 20 minutes of use. Thanks #apple I am glad a paid $400 to make perfect etched circles on my more expensive furniture. Guess I can not move it now to cover up the mark. Evil geniuses you are. #applesupport pic.twitter.com/eZng16barS
— Guy San Francisco (@Guyinsf415) February 10, 2018
— Trevor Daugherty (@trevorjd14) February 14, 2018
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) February 14, 2018
Pocket-Lint’s Stuart Miles reported that HomePod caused “a white discolored ring” on the surface of his oiled oak kitchen countertop after just 20 minutes. Miles subsequently tested the device on unoiled oak and a lacquered desk, and said it did not leave white rings on those surfaces.
Apple has acknowledged the problem on its HomePod support page, noting that it’s “not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces.” The company goes on to say that “the marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface.”
Like a typical water ring, these HomePod marks may be hard to get out. Apple says they might disappear on their own “after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface.” If not, the company recommends “wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks.” If they still don’t go away, Apple says to “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 wrote.
Pocket-Lint’s Miles said he’ll have to refinish his countertop. “The mark hasn’t disappeared and we’ll have to sand and then re-oil our worktop,” he wrote.
Needless to say, this isn’t a good look for the design-focused company.
HomePod earned a “good” rating in PCMag’s review, nabbing props for its “powerful audio performance.” It excels as a high-quality smart speaker for listening to Apple Music, but trails behind Amazon and Google when it comes to voice control,” we wrote.