Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Apple admits that HomePod will leave rings on certain wooden surfaces

Apple HomePod 10+ things you should know before you buy HomePod - Apple
Troy Mann | 15 February, 2018, 16:38

Another problem for Apple is that days after the HomePod was released, there are still some new HomePod owners who are unable to use their new speakers due to HomeKit and Wi-Fi-related setup errors.

Multiple buyers of Apple's new HomePod speaker, including websites like The Wirecutter and Pocket Lint, are reporting that leaving the speaker on top of a wooden table can cause a white ring to form. Now the company itself has confirmed the worrying issue.

No white rings formed when the Pocket-Lint reviewer placed the HomePod on a non-Danish wood treated version of the same woodtop and a "regular lacquered desk".

Even as the Apple HomePod power cable can be disconnected manually by the owner, there are still risks of getting the internal components of the speaker damaged. If not, refinishing the surface altogether would solve the issue - though that isn't a great option for anyone with high-end furniture. Apparently it is the silicon base of the HomePod that is causing a white ring to form. Unlike some smart speakers, which look a bit like glorified Pringles cans, the HomePod is large, sleek, and gorgeous. One possible solution is to place a coaster or other protective surface between the speaker and the wood. If the marks don't go away, the company suggests, "wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks".

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It's alright advice, I suppose, but would have been considerably more helpful if it had been on the support page before people had bought one and put it on a wooden table.

If you're thinking of buying a £319/$349 HomePod as a hub for your smart home or office, here are some of the HomeKit-compatible devices you'll be able to control.

The HomePod's A8 chip is estimated to cost $25.50, while the external housing and other items come in at $25. The response comes in an updated support article detailing how to clean and care for HomePod. If you've splurged £320 on an Apple HomePod with the intention of displaying it on your equally-expensive shelf or table, you probably shouldn't.

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