Apple HomePod Leaves Ring Marks on Wood, Some Customers Say

Apple HomePod Leaves Ring Marks on Wood, Some Customers Say

The ring may fade over time and vanish completely, but some reviewers are saying it permanently damages the finish, forcing owners to sand and re-finish any affected furniture.

According to the report, human beings are typically only able to detect changed above one decibel, meaning that, in this case, the tests back up Apple's claims in regards to the HomePod's abilities. Silicone-based cleaning products like Pledge are known to leave a white film with long-term use, although unlike what Apple says, I can't find any evidence of silicone gaskets causing damage to wooden furniture in the past. A similar test by Bloomberg News didn't leave rings. Both publications noticed that HomePod doesn't leave rings on every type of wooden surface.

Oil-based finishes are common on any wooden surface that's expected to come into contact with food, like cutting blocks or butcher-block kitchen countertops. And if they don't go away, you can just clean the surface with "the manufacturer's suggested oiling method".


In the meantime, this is certainly a heads up to customers planning to place their HomePods on wood surfaces. If not, refinishing the surface altogether would solve the issue - though that isn't a great option for anyone with high-end furniture.

As Apple's HomePod has been on the market for almost a week now, the Cupertino company has claimed that it is capable of delivering consistent sound to listeners positioned anywhere within a room that its placed. Twitter user Ted Landau tweeted that the same thing happened to him while using an Echo Dot, and putting a cork coaster underneath the device solved the issue.

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