Apple accepts HomePod leaves white rings on wooden furniture

HomePod - Apple

HomePod - Apple

Apple said the problem occurs with speakers that, like the HomePod, are equipped with a silicon base to minimize vibration. In a review by Wirecutter (via 9to5Mac), they discovered that the HomePod can leave stains on wooden furniture.

The Guardian found that the HomePod did not leave marks on glass, Formica or plastic-coated reconstituted wood commonly used in flat-pack furniture.

Early adopters of Apple's new £319 HomePod smart speaker have started complaining that the "new sound of home" is leaving white ring marks on wooden surfaces that are hard to remove. "To clear it, I had to sand the wood down and then re-oil it". But you will be surprised to learn that Apple is not quite making a huge profit with its new smart speaker, with TechInsights reporting that it costs $216 to build and has a thinner profit margin at just 38%.

The Apple HomePod is capable of producing audio that sounds incredible, but it is far from being flawless.

Apple has since updated its section on "cleaning and taking care of HomePod".

The company suggests the marks can be remedied by wiping the wood down with a soft damp or dry cloth, but failing that, the surface will need to be cleaned or resurfaced.

That compares with margins of 66 percent and 56 percent 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.

Make sure you put a coaster down before placing your new Apple HomePod on a wooden surface.

Apple told Wirecutter that treating the stained surface with the manufacturer's oil cleaning method should do the trick. The company later published a support document stating that the only real fix would be to not place HomePod on wooden surfaces, which isn't a good answer for a product that could allegedly be placed "anywhere".

Users of the HomePod have confirmed that the device leaves an unusual white stain on the wood on which it is placed.

The device had its official launch last week with a retail price of $350, early reviews on some websites have claimed the "Smart Speaker" isnt that smart at all with some claim the iPhone Siri being far superior in intellect.

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