Apple has been in the limelight for quite some time now, but for all the wrong reasons. After recent news about the exploding iPhone and Airpods, the HomePod seems to be the next in line. No, the HomePods aren't exploding but they sure are raising some concerns.
It appears that Apple's newly launched HomePod smart speaker is leaving white ring stains on a certain wooden surface, that have been treated with wax or oil.
This was first discovered by Wirecutter and Pocket-lint reviewers Jon Chase and Stuart Miles, claiming that during a 20 minute testing period, the HomePod smart speaker left a white ring on a wooden worktop that was previously treated with Danish oil.
The white stain faded after few days, although it hasn't completely disappeared, noted Pocket-lint's Stuart Miles in his review. The device was then tested on different wood surfaces that weren't treated with wax or oil and turns out the white stains couldn't be reproduced.
#homepod left rings on my wood furniture in less than 20 minutes of use. Thanks #apple I am glad a paid 0 to make perfect etched circles on my more expensive furniture. Guess I can not move it now to cover up the mark. Evil geniuses you are. #applesupport pic.twitter.com/eZng16barS— Guy San Francisco (@Guyinsf415) 10 February 2018
Apple has acknowledged the issue and told Pocket-lint that it is possible for a speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave behind a mild mark on certain wooden surfaces. Apple believes that the ring stains are caused by some sort of chemical reaction with certain wood surfaces treated with oil or wax.
"The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks," said Apple in a support document.
The company also recommends users to place the HomePod on solid surfaces and use it indoors only. Apple suggests using the oiling/waxing method recommended by the manufacturer of the furniture to get rid of the white stains.
The stains left behind by the HomePod might also stain company's reputation as well. Although, it's too early to predict whether the HomePod's marks would affect the sales of the device. If so, it could take a toll on company's plan to surpass the less-expensive smart speakers from Google and Amazon that already got a head start in the niche market.