Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

Apple admits the HomePod leaves white ring stains on wood

Apple admits the HomePod leaves white ring stains on wood

Apple is now advising HomePod users that the stains are likely to fade after a couple of days.

For the low, low price of $US19.95 ($25) (like about four coffees "at one of those expensive coffee places" Tim Cook loves so much) you can buy yourself a "full-grain leather", "Marine grade"-stitched coaster that will prevent your HomePod from leaving behind unsightly rings like an icy-cool glass of water on a sweltering summer day".

But this advice was not well-received.: "don't tell me to oil my wood". With the latest discovery of HomePod (and Sonos One) leaving "white rings" on some stained wooden tables, Pad & Quill has come out with a coaster for Apple's latest speaker.

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Placed on other surfaces - including unoiled wood and a lacquered desk - the HomePod didn't create any rings, Miles noted.

The HomePod has been getting mixed reviews from critics and the public alike, but there's now a fresh controversy brewing which will probably make things worse for the speaker.

"Other speakers, including Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, do not appear to leave similar marks, despite having rubber feet or pads", the Guardian noted.

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HomePod owners are airing their grievances - and their best HomePod snark - on social media. However the company says HomePod fans should simply refinish their furniture (!) if not. It's still possible for Apple to improve some of the HomePod's flaws, like Siri limitations and Apple Music lock-in, via updates, but the missteps at launch are going to linger for some time. The company also claimed that the white rings fade with time and can be removed entirely by cleaning and oiling the wooden furniture.

According to Apple, it's not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when put in contact with a wooden surface. "If you're concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface".

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