Apple admits its new $350 speaker can leave permanent white rings on wooden surfaces and furniture

  • Some reviewers of Apple’s new $350 smart speaker, HomePod, have noticed that the device can leave behind white rings on certain wooden surfaces. 
  • Apple confirmed to two outlets that HomePod can damage oiled wooden surfaces thanks to a reaction with the device’s silicone base. 
  • While the marks may fade over time, it’s possible that the surfaces would need to be re-sanded to remove the damage altogether. 

Early reviewers of Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker have noticed an issue with the $350 device: it can leave white rings on some wooden surfaces. 

“When questioned, Apple told us it was ‘not unusual’ for a speaker with a silicone base to leave a ‘mild mark’ when placed on certain oil or wax based wood finished surfaces, suggesting the marks are caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface.”

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