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Apple's HomePod seems to be destroying wood furniture

Apple's HomePod seems to be destroying wood furniture

It seems that less than a week following its release, some have discovered a problem with the HomePod.

Apple's HomePod speakers may have impressed the audiophiles across the world but the owners of wood furniture are left distressed because leaving the speaker on top of wooden surfaces cause a unusual white ring to form. Apple and tech enthusiasts are finally getting a look at the brand's latest creation but consumers have pointed out one issue.

After an avalanche of problems with their iPhone X Apple is now facing a new set of new issues with their HomePod which failing to recognise Siri commands and within minutes leaves serious mark on wooden tables, that's if you can get past the set up stage.

HomePod owners took to Twitter after white rings were left on wooden tables and worktop surfaces in the exact shape of the speaker's bottom ring.

The new Apple HomePod "Smart Speaker" has been reported to damage certain types of surfaces leaving some wooden furniture with marks.

"To clear it, I had to sand the wood down and then re-oil it", Mr Miles said.

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We'll update this article with additional details shortly. Apple says that these rings are a result of the oils diffused between the speaker's vibration-dampening silicone base and the wood.

Specifically, some users are complaining that the speaker's silicon base is leaving a white ring after being placed on wooden tables. That compares with margins of 66% and 56% for the Google Home and Amazon Echo, products that compete in the smart-speaker market, but offer lower audio quality, according to the firm's estimates.

Apple goes on further to say that the white ring can be removed if you use the the "furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process." .

It must be noted that HomePods are not meant to be put on a soft surface because of its down firing tweeters. The HomePod is 5.6 inches wide, so most coasters will be too small, but we're sure you can find a decorative plate or something. You can also read Apple's full support document regarding HomePod here.

As Apple pointed out, this likely isn't a HomePod-specific issue.

It is now not clear if the problem affects all HomePods or just the initial batch given away to reviewers. Obviously, to remain competitive in a market it is entering late, Apple made a decision to keep the price of the HomePod lower than it might have been by accepting a lower gross margin.


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