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Apple Advises Users Not To Put The HomePod On Wooden Furniture

16 February, 2018, 06:59 | Author: Janis Wilson
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It says the marks are caused by oils diffusing between the silicon and surface. Most speakers have them and they do not damage wood.

That was quick. The same day Apple acknowledged that the HomePod might leave rings on some surfaces, accessory maker Pad & Quill launched its Leather HomePod Coaster.

The silicone base of HomePod leaves a stained ring after sitting on wooden surfaces for as short as 20 minutes, according to product review sites Wirecutter and Pocket-Lint.

The issue appears to be related to the oils and surface polish in the wood reacting negatively with the silicone foot on the bottom of the 2.5kg speaker.

While Apple's recently released HomePod speaker has managed to impress most audiophiles, it's also leaving the wrong kind of impression with owners of wood furniture who are discovering an unfortunate mark on their tables.

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Make sure you put a coaster down before placing your new Apple HomePod on a wooden surface. The Apple HomePod is ruining its customers' furniture due to the chemicals that are used to create its body. If so, that could hamper Apple's efforts to catch up to less expensive internet-connected speakers from Amazon and Google that had a head start in the still nascent market.

There have been multiple reports that if the Apple HomePod is placed on top of a wooden object, the smart speaker may leave white rings on the surface.

This new marking issue is another setback for the device as it tries to compete with the already well established Amazon Echo and Google Home.

I would advise anyone purchasing these speakers to place something between them and whatever surface you're planning to place it on. The device was then tested on different wood surfaces that weren't treated with wax or oil and turns out the white stains couldn't be reproduced.

Apple seems to have taken note, now including on its website details on where to place the smart speaker. Apple suggests using the oiling/waxing method recommended by the manufacturer of the furniture to get rid of the white stains.


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