Apple HomePod Owners, Beware: The Smart Speaker May Damage Wooden Furniture

Apple HomePod Owners, Beware: The Smart Speaker May Damage Wooden Furniture

In what is being called #ringgate, a number of Apple customers are reporting the Siri-enabled smart speaker causes unsightly marks when placed on treated wood.

That's one of the takeaways from two in-depth reviews the HomePad, which went on sale last week for $350. Images have shown that the device leaves round white marks on wooden surfaces similar to those left by mugs or wine glasses if drink coasters aren't used.

We've also noticed the issue, but, er, don't own such high-quality furniture.

So, as well as just being a high-quality speaker, the HomePod is also a vital strategic product that needs to be a success if Apple is to gain a foothold in the key home-automation market.

Should the blemish remain, Apple suggests that you gently wipe the surface with a soft damp or dry cloth, or to "clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process".

Apple has acknowledged the issue, which was first spotted by reviewers at Wirecutter and the gadget site Pocket-Lint, and by some users on Twitter.

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Apple has since updated its HomePod support page to reflect the issue, saying that the mark may be caused by oils diffusing between the device's silicone base and the table surface.

The Apple HomePod is capable of producing audio that sounds unbelievable, but it is far from being flawless. The Apple HomePod as you might have guessed relies heavily on Apple's ecosystem which means if you don't have iPhone or Apple Music then probably you should skip HomePod but we aren't talking about that.

It is not yet clear if the problem affects all HomePod speakers or just a sample of the initial production run.

"This seems like an issue that should have been caught during the period where HomePod was being widely tested at home by many Apple employees".

Apple's support pages put repairing the HomePod at a hefty £268.44, which is £70 more than a single Sonos One, and nearly the cost of three Amazon Echo speakers.

Apple's new HomePod sounds pretty great but it's not that diverse with what you connect to it, but this one app will let you stream anything.

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