Apple Confirms HomePods May Leave Scuff Marks On Wooden Surfaces

16 February, 2018, 07:03 | Author: Simon Thompson
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It says the marks are caused by oils diffusing between the silicon and surface.

Product reviewers, including Stuart Miles from technology site Pocket Lint and Jon Chase from the New York Times' Wirecutter also noted marks also appearing on some surfaces to varying degrees, which faded but not disappear over time. So, they will damage your wood furniture, too.

Following a discovery that the HomePod smart speaker can damage some wood furniture, it appears as though the Sonos One may also leave white marks. The smart speaker system was not leaving rings on every wood surface, only surfaces that are treated with oil.

If you just picked up Apple's flashy new HomePod speaker you might be thinking of displaying it proudly on the nicest piece of furniture you have, but before you do there's something you should know.

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HomePod is Apple's answer to Amazon's Echo and Google Home.

Apple has since updated its section on "cleaning and taking care of HomePod".

Apple confirmed on Wednesday, their new virtual assistant and internet-connected speaker could damage some surfaces and leave marks "when placed on some wooden surfaces". Apple provided no warning at launch about the potential marks, but consumers found out the hard way when they set up the speaker and started playing music. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. Sure, it may be nice to synchronize all of your devices using Apple products together, but if you're thinking about investing in the Apple HomePod over Amazon's Alexa or Google Home, you might want to reconsider. Why? The company later published a support document stating that the only real fix would be to not place HomePod on wooden surfaces, which isn't a good answer for a product that could allegedly be placed "anywhere". Apple suggests using the oiling/waxing method recommended by the manufacturer of the furniture to get rid of the white stains.

Despite the pile-on against Apple, the HomePod is not the only smart speaker that can stain one's coffee table.



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