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. 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….

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Oops, someone dropped their HomePod on a glass table, Glass Broke.
    Its Apple’s fault for not telling them that it would break glass if accidentally dropped.

    Oops, someone drops their HomePod and it hits their foot breaking their toes.
    Its Apple’s fault for not telling them that it would hurt and harm their foot if dropped on it.

    Darn it Apple I left my Coffee Cup sitting on the coffee table and it left a ring.
    It’s Apple’s fault for not telling me that would happen..

    Plastic breaks, metal bends, glass shatters, objects leave marks,
    That’s just life and Physics.
    Physics suck. And people Work Overtime to find something to complain about.

    1. So, let’s say you spent $1,500 on a brand new wood table. And since Apple specifically didn’t tell you “Don’t place on wood” you went ahead and did and your new expensive table is ruined. So your OK with that?

      1. And if you set your coffee cup or water bottle or drink glass on the table and it leaves a ring.
        Are you gonna complain to the Maker of the coffee cup or water bottle or glass maker that they should have warned you that could happen.
        If a child marks all over the table with crayons are you going to complain to the crayon maker that they should have warned you that could happen.

  6. Exactly. It’s because people are using oil products like pledge to polish their wood furniture when they should not. Everything leaves marks on the table when you use these products. All you need is a damp cloth with water. I have a beautiful very old antique wood dining room table. When I oiled it, itgot covered in marks from place mats, coasters, you name it. I spoke to the antique dealer and he said do not use any product on this beauty. Use a damp cloth to clean it once in a while. Never had an issue in 12 years since.

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