Apple on HomePod furniture rings: You’re placing it wrong

Apple has acknowledged that the HomePod’s silicone base can leave behind a white ring on some oiled wooden surfaces, of the kind often found in high-end furniture, after various reviews remarked on the issue.

Harking back to Steve Jobs’ infamous “You’re Holding It Wrong” reply to iPhone 4 antennagate to a user via email: “Just avoid holding it in that way,” Apple has updated their “Cleaning and taking care of HomePod” support document with the following advice:

It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. 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 not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer’s recommended cleaning process. If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.

MacDailyNews Take: Once again the pitfalls of secrecy are exposed. That Apple tested HomePods in employee’s homes where, one might assume, much high-end, well-oiled furniture abounds (from Jony Ive’s multi-million-dollar mansion on down the line), and not one Apple employee noticed (or, if they did, felt the need to mention) this issue shows that Apple’s testing sample was again too small and/or not rigorous enough.

If you’re experiencing HomePod rings on wood, check out Bonavida’s Leather Coasters ($16.95 via Amazon) which, at 4-inches in diameter, are the perfect size for HomePod’s silicone base.

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    1. Who cares, it shouldn’t happen period. Poor decision making on Apples part. Let Sonos address their own issues or not. You are ridiculous it’s not about making comparisons.

    2. Maybe people expect Apple to learn from Apple’s mistakes and the obvious failures of Apple’s competitors. It seem Apple is profoundly oblivious and error prone.

  1. When they get served with the inevitable class action lawsuit from ringgate I can almost see Tim Cook rolling his eyes and saying to Jony Ive – “Why do we bother to make ANYTHING…”

  2. How has the greatest portion of the “high-end?” Who is thought of as innovative? Who has a legacy of being fastidious and detailed with design choices? If not Apple, who has the bank and experience to research such things? I’d say Apple knew, or should have known HomePod customers were much more likely to rest the HPod on nice wooden surfaces, vs laminate covered fiberboard. Yeah, I know the customer (what a dummy) should have a cool “doily” or a colorful sock nearby.

  3. The Sonos, the Echo, the Google Home, the UR Boom 2, and literally every other speaker I’ve ever fucking used in the last 3 years has done this… why the fuck do people lose their minds when it comes to Apple? I like their statement, I liked when Steve got frustrated with that misleading iPhone 4 bullshit and said what he said, I like combative Apple when bullshit starts. Again a non issue blown completely out of proportion by, most likely, Google/Amazon, as they know their sham sales are about to evaporate when HomePod takes over the market… the fear is palpable.

  4. have one no marks… stop covering you furniture in pledge which makes it oily and collect dust anyways and wipe them down with a non silicone based solvent. Additionally they just told you how to remove it as it IS NOT damaging the furniture it is interacting with the chemicals you are using to “protect” the furniture which are useless in the first place.

  5. Wait a minute…. MDN’s comment is to purchase a SILICONE coaster? I thought the whole issue its that the SILICONE is reacting with the finish on your table… Wouldn’t these coasters leave big white circles? They are SILICONE….

  6. The guy above who put it on his butcher block counter, called that his “expensive furniture “! What?

    Contrary to common belief, you shouldn’t be oiling your wood furniture, cause it’ll only dry out after a few days. Apparently the ring accelerates the drying. You should wax your expensive wood furniture with beeswax. I have my HomePod on an antique rosewood table that has been waxed and it’s fine.

  7. Anyone with a functioning brain knows to put a coaster or protective cloth item under electronics when putting them on wooden services. The only finger pointing should be at the person in the mirror!

  8. Your placing it wrong. Hmm…sounds like Microsoft, on Windows 95 systems: “You’ve shut down your computer wrong” blaming the users for a system crash. Apple, you can do better than that. At least provide free coasters. I’d just return the piece of junk and more right one.

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