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Apple's HomePod can damage wood furniture

15 February 2018

According to a report published by Bloomberg on Wednesday, Apple's HomePod smart speaker is providing Apple with a 38% gross margin with its price of $349.

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 odd white ring to form.

Apple notably delayed shipping the HomePod until this year, as the firm said it "needed more time" to ideal the device.

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Pocket-Lint founder Stuart Miles told BBC that the HomePod left a white mark on his kitchen worktop after just being on there for 20 minutes. The the New York Times-owned review site Wirecutter also noticed a "defined white ring" after placing the speaker on both an oiled butcher-block countertop and a wooden side table.

Apple's new HomePod Internet-connected speaker may leave white rings when placed on wooden surfaces that have been stained with certain oil or wax finishes.

We'll update this article with additional details shortly. It appears to come from HomePod's silicone base.

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Setup is almost instant and effortless: The procedure is unlike that of any non-Apple smart speaker I've used, and it's essentially the same process as for pairing AirPods. When using HomePod, make sure to place it on a solid surface. While Apple is acknowledging this issue, it doesn't really call it a design flaw.

Word of the staining is the latest in what has been a bumpy rollout for the HomePod. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. Apple continued by suggesting that if the white rings don't go away, users can clean the table with "the manufacturer's suggested oiling method". The result is that the HomePod can dynamically tweak its playback on the fly based not only on the song you're listening to but also on the dimensions of the room.

It's alright advice, I suppose, but would have been considerably more helpful if it had been on the support page before people had bought one and put it on a wooden table. The Siri-powered smart speaker is meant to be placed on a hard surface too, and putting it on top of a cloth would affect the sound.

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Some joked that Apple should instruct users to put a coaster under their HomePod, with one quipping that "ten 'HomePod Coaster" start ups were formed in the past two hours'.

Apple's HomePod can damage wood furniture