Apple confirms HomePod can leave white marks on certain surfaces

Apple confirms HomePod can leave white marks on certain surfaces

Two publications have found that the HomePod can leave persistent white rings on wooden furniture, a problem apparently traceable to chemical interactions between the speaker's silicone base and treated wood.

Now it turns out Apple might not even be making that much money on the speakers.

Multiple reports on Twitter and from outlets, including Wirecutter and Pocket-Lint, claim that when left on a wooden object, a HomePod can leave behind potentially permanent white rings. It seems the circular marks are a result of the HomePod's silicon base interacting with certain oils used as a finish on wood furniture.

Apple has since updated its support page on taking care of the device, telling users "If you're concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface".

I would advise anyone purchasing these speakers to place something between them and whatever surface you're planning to place it on.

Apple updated its help page to suggest “placing your Home Pod on a different surface” if customers were concerned
Apple updated its help page to suggest “placing your Home Pod on a different surface” if customers were concerned

When asked for the overall victor among the smart speakers, Google Home Max was voted by two of the participants, while Sonos One garnered the most number of votes. If you plan to keep your HomePod on furniture then be prepared for white rings. At least, that was the finding of Yahoo's David Pogue, who did a blind test of the Google Home Max, Apple HomePod, Sonos One, and Amazon Echo Plus. Apple has said that the stains will fade over the course of a few days or weeks, but in some cases will not entirely go away without being resurfaced.

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"The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface", Apple said in a statement.

Tom's Guide reviewer Mike Prospero has published photos that show Sonos One, one of HomePod's closest competitors, similarly leaves marks on affected wood surfaces. We placed our Apple HomePod on our MDF TV stand and it left a white ring behind, but we were able to remove the mark with a damp cloth.

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