Apple’s HomePod apparently has a singular problem. The silicone base of the device is apparently damaging wooden furniture. As reported by Wirecutter, the HomePod is leaving white rings on wooden furniture. According to Apple, the marks “can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface”.
Some HomePod users took to social media to express their frustration as evidenced below:
Responding to Wirecutter’s question, the company suggested that you should try to clean the surface with the “manufacturer’s suggested oiling method”, if the rings don’t disappear in a few days. If you’re thinking you will just put it on a cloth surface, you can’t really do that either. That’s because the tweeters on the device fire downwards, meaning a cloth surface will affect its audio quality.
“It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces,” says the official support page by Apple. “ The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface.”
The company explained that the marks come from “oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface”.