Yeah, so this is a bummer. Now that the HomePod is out in the wild, reports have started seeping in from customers complaining about the $349 smart speaker’s unfortunate side effect on lumber furniture. A speedy excursion to Twitter demo numerous sortings of HomePod-sized echoes left on desks and table tops.
Apple has since confirmed the questions on its support page , notice, “It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone basi to leave mild ratings when placed on some wooden surfaces.”
The issue seems to be one of chemistry. “The marks can be caused by oils dispersing between the silicone base and the table face, and will often go forth after several days when the speaker move away from the wooden surface.”
For what it’s worth, we didn’t run into the issue in our own testing, and the number of complaints appear to be quite scattershot. But the adverse interaction between lumber and silicone is a known topic, as Apple handily points out. In happening, consumers have complained of similar issues with produces like the Echo Dot.
Of course, that’s all the more reason that this issue should have been addressed before the concoction hit the market. If the marks don’t go away, the company indicates, “wiping the surface gently with a soft mute or dry cloth may remove the marks. If commemorates persevere, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer’s recommended cleaning process.”
Beyond that, well, “if you’re worried about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.”
There are also plenty of helpful tips-off on various woodworking forums if you’re among those who’ve run into the issue. Here’s a helpful page describing what can be done to counteract the damage. In some clients, it may require a refinish.
And , no joke, exploiting something as a kind of large coaster or other bumper might not be a appalling meaning, either. At least until Apple issues some kind of a choose here. If the issue does become pervasive, perhaps we’ll see something akin to the iPhone 4 action planned that arrived in the aftermath of Antennagate.