Apple Admits HomePods are Leaving White Stains on Wooden Tables

  • Apple Admits HomePods are Leaving White Stains on Wooden Tables

Apple Admits HomePods are Leaving White Stains on Wooden Tables

Apple has acknowledged the issue, first spotted by reviewers at Wirecutter and gadget site Pocket-Lint and by some users on Twitter. And yes, it will, indeed fix the issue of the HomePod's silicone base leaving circular marks in some wood finishes. When a user wants HomePod to stop from listening to his or her commands, the owner simply needs to say, "Hey Siri, stop listening". HomeKit was actually launched back in 2014, as part of iOS 8, but has struggled to gain support as smart speakers such as Amazon's Echo and Google Home have taken a lead in the smart home market. Apple's HomePod smart speakers confirm that this statement is indeed correct as many consumers have been complaining about the downside of this product.

The Apple HomePod is capable of producing audio that sounds unbelievable, but it is far from being flawless. It seems the circular marks are a result of the HomePod's silicon base interacting with certain oils used as a finish on wood furniture.

But the verdict on the rest of the HomePod's features hasn't been quite so enthusiastically good, and now a new problem with the design has emerged.

Wirecutter notes that the smart speaker is fine to place on other surfaces, including glass, granite, particle board (what Ikea furniture is made from), and wood that's been sealed with polyurethane. The effect is not as dramatic because Sonos One uses four corner feet and not a complete ring base, but the photos indeed prove Apple's point. Apple has recommended that users should try cleaning the wooden surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method if the white rings don't fade over time. After you update to the latest iOS software, placing an iPhone or other iOS device near the HomePod causes a window to pop up with a picture of a HomePod and a Set Up button.

According to multiple reports, the silicone base of the HomePod leaves behind a white ring stain on wooden surfaces. The company further added that the marks will dissipate "after several days" once the HomePod has been moved if the marks persist then wiping the surface will suffice.