Accessory Manufacturers Start Selling Wood-Protecting Coasters for Apple HomePod


The launch of Apple's smart home hub, the HomePod, has been marred by news that the speaker is leaving circular marks on wooden furniture.

Michael Gillett tweeted that "Apple is so proud of the new Apple Park they have made a decision to include a map of it with every HomePod". It might be best to just keep the HomePod away from wood altogether. Yea, bet you didn't expect that with a $350 speaker, right? If the ring stays put, owners can wipe the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth.

"Within 20 minutes the HomePod had caused a white discolored ring to appear on the wood that some days later has faded, although still hasn't completely disappeared". Though it's still too early to tell whether the HomePod's blemishes on wood will dampen the device's sales.

Reviewers at the British daily newspaper The Guardian also found that the HomePod didn't leave marks on glass, Formica or plastic-coated reconstituted wood.

One week ago today, Apple finally launched its HomePod smart speaker. "But at least one person has discovered similar marks from the feet of the Sonos One".

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Apple responded to the reports surrounding its HomePod speaker by explaining it was common for the silicone base of speakers to diffuse with oils used to treat wooden surfaces.

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

In fairly typical "Apple fashion", Engadget executive editor Dana Wollman said in an interview, the company seems to be both minimizing the problem and asking customers to accept an inconvenience. 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 Prospero, after learning that Apple's HomePod leaves behind possibly permanent white circles on wooden furniture, he became concerned as he placed the Siri-powered smart speaker that he was testing on top of a wooden cabinet.