Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Apple's HomePod speaker damages wooden furniture

Apple's HomePod speaker damages wooden furniture

Apple, by contrast, is marketing the HomePod as a high-fidelity speaker programmed to learn listeners' tastes and automatically select songs from the company's music-streaming library. That's right for $19.99 you can protect all your wood surfaces from the evil white ring. The silicone ring that keeps the HomePod from bouncing around on a table has been leaving ring stains on wood surfaces.

No joke. Some owners of the new $350 smart speaker aren't laughing because the silicone bottom of the tricked-out gizmo is marking up their furniture.

The company went on to suggest that if customers are unhappy about the marks they should not place the speaker on wooden furniture: "If you're concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface". A cloth placed underneath the HomePod, however, is not a good solution as the soft material will absorb the sound.

Tech site Pocket-Lint's reviewer, Stuart Miles, described how the speaker sits flat on any given surface "creating a snug fit, presumably to help resonate and amplify the bass". This is technically true, since even rivals like the Amazon Echo and Sonos One are known to leave rings behind on wood.

Upon closer inspection, Prospero realized that the white marks were made by the Sonos One speaker. You know, by keeping it from destroying your furniture. While it's unclear how widespread the issue is, Apple did acknowledge it a support document, saying that it is not unusual for "vibration-dampening silicone" to leave marks.

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. When asked about HomePod coasters, a spokesperson for Twelve South told Gizmodo that the company is "in the process of making some awesome new HomePod accessories", adding that "we can't release exactly what they will be".

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