Apple HomePod Leaves Ring Marks on Wood, Some Customers Say

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While Apple Inc.’s new HomePod speaker won praise for its audio quality, some users reported the device discolors wood surfaces.

Customers posted photos online of wood furniture showing a pale ring from the HomePod’s silicone base. Websites Pocket-Lint and Wirecutter reported the issue earlier. A similar test by Bloomberg News didn’t leave rings. Other surfaces like glass aren’t affected.

"It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces," Apple said on its website. "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 the marks stay, Apple recommended wiping surfaces gently with a soft damp or dry cloth. If that doesn’t work, the company suggested cleaning the area using the furniture manufacturer’s recommended process.

"If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface," Apple also said.

(Updates with Apple comments in third paragraph.)
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