Apple admits the HomePod leaves white ring stains on wood


First of all, if you don't have your personal Wi-Fi network secured through WPA or WPA2, make sure to do so - Apple notes that HomePod won't connect to public, subscription or enterprise networks.

The problem has spawned a couple of Twitter hashtags - #Ringgate and #Staingate - and more than a few references to a certain Beyonce song. "You'll love it, but don't put a ring on it".

However, following Apple's admission the speaker's silicone base is leaving white rings on users' wooden furniture, that's exactly what early adopters are pondering. For our tests we placed the speaker on a solid oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil.

Reviewers at the British daily newspaper The Guardian also found that the HomePod didn't leave marks on glass, Formica or plastic-coated reconstituted wood. If so, that could hamper Apple's efforts to catch up to less expensive internet-connected speakers from Amazon and Google that had a head start in the still nascent market. "But at least one person has discovered similar marks from the feet of the Sonos One".

But even if the marks were "mild", the ire expressed by HomePod owners was not.

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Apple has since acknowledged the issue, which is due to the speaker's silicone base reacting with oils that are used to stain timber furniture.

"The marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface", Apple told Wirecutter.

According to Apple, the marks are not permanent and can be removed by wiping and cleaning the furniture. When asked about HomePod coasters, a spokesperson for Twelve South told Gizmodo that the company is "in the process of making some awesome new HomePod accessories", adding that "we can't release exactly what they will be".

The company went on to suggest that if customers are unhappy about the marks they should not place the speaker on wooden furniture: "If you're concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface".