Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Apple's HomePod speaker damages wooden furniture

Apple's HomePod speaker damages wooden furniture

Reviewers at the British daily newspaper The Guardian also found that the HomePod didn't leave marks on glass, Formica or plastic-coated reconstituted wood.

WireCutter recently reported that the Apple HomePod could leave significant white rings on some wooden furniture that may not fully disappear.

The Tom's Guide report said: "The fact that both Apple and Sonos speakers can damage wood furniture is very distressing.I'm not looking forward to having to refinish a centrepiece of my living room".

Apple's other suggestion to HomePod owners: Just move it.

A closer inspection revealed that the Sonos One speaker, which also has small silicone feet, had made these marks on my cabinet.

The HomePod retails at £319 and is Apple's rival to the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers.

Apple has attributed the rings left by Apple's HomePod to "oils diffusing between the silicon base and the table surface".

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However, as Prospero was inspecting the damage, he noticed that there were similar but smaller white marks near where the HomePod was placed.

According to a Sonos spokesperson, this is the first time that such an incident has been raised with one of its devices, and that the company is now investigating the situation.

If the marks are anything like the HomePod's, they may never fade completely.

In a support document, Apple says these marks are "not unusual"; however, we've never encountered them before.

For the low, low price of $US19.95 ($25) (like about four coffees "at one of those expensive coffee places" Tim Cook loves so much) you can buy yourself a "full-grain leather", "Marine grade"-stitched coaster that will prevent your HomePod from leaving behind unsightly rings like an icy-cool glass of water on a sweltering summer day".

Have you noticed the HomePod leaving rings on your furniture?

American company Pad & Quill is now taking pre-orders for a Leather HomePod Coaster, in whiskey and chestnut, for $19.95.

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