Apple's HomePod can damage wood furniture

16 February, 2018, 06:14 | Author: Yolanda Murray
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The Wirecutter called it the "best current speaker for Apple Music", compared to competitors like Sonos One and the Google Home Max, and Wired says it "sounds incredible".

That would be much less than the reported profit Google and Amazon make from their own smart speakers, Home and Echo, which respectively generate an estimated 66% and 56%. The speaker requires a flat and solid surface in order to function correctly.

There's no denying that the Apple HomePod is a marvel of engineering, with early reviews suggesting it's one of the best sounding smart speakers now on the market.

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The white stain faded after few days, although it hasn't completely disappeared, noted Pocket-lint's Stuart Miles in his review. Several Twitter users have joked that Apple could use the issue to sell customers additional products, such as "HomePod Socks" and coasters.

The support explains, "The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface", the support page reads. The HomePod is finally on sale around the world, and although it's gathered mostly positive reviews so far, owners are complaining about annoying new flaw. Most of these are aimed at home users, but many can also be useful in an office or commercial environments such as hotels or restaurants (and, of course, majority also support the Amazon Echo too).

The iPhone maker reiterated that "it's not unusual for any speaker" with a silicone bottom to leave marks behind on wooden surfaces.

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Some people who bought the just-released $349 speaker, dubbed the HomePod, are reporting that it leaves a white ring on the surfaces of wooden furniture.

In other related news, it has emerged (somewhat incredulously), that an Apple support document now advises users against placing the HomePod on wooden furniture. The company recommends cleaning your HomePod with a dry cloth and warns not to use any household cleaners while doing so.

Now, while affected users have all the rights to be quite annoyed and express their disdain at Apple for staining their furniture, this whole issue feels a bit blown out of proportion.

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