Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Pad and Quill unveils leather HomePod coaster to protect wooden surfaces

Pad and Quill unveils leather HomePod coaster to protect wooden surfaces

In an explanation posted Wednesday, Apple said the problem occurs with speakers that, like the HomePod, are equipped with a silicon base to minimize vibration.

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. Though it's still too early to tell whether the HomePod's blemishes on wood will dampen the device's sales.

In a statement to Wirecutter, Apple confirmed the issue but claimed that "the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface".

Apple HomePod owners, beware: don't place the Siri-powered smart speakers on top of wooden furniture, as the device may possibly cause permanent damage.

The issue appears to be related to the oils and surface polish in the wood reacting negatively with the silicone foot on the bottom of the 2.5kg speaker. Recently, we learned that the smart speaker is hard to fix and the cost to get it repaired could be as much as buying a new HomePod (when out of warranty or for damage that is not covered).

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The Apple HomePod is capable of producing audio that sounds wonderful, but it is far from being ideal.

Apple have responded by adding to their support page a section on "Cleaning and taking care of HomePod" where they confirm and explain reasons for this.

According to Bloomberg, the speaker generates thinner profit margins for the company compared to products such as the successful Apple Watch and iPhone. However, even then, make sure not to place it on a wooden surface. Apple suggests using the oiling/waxing method recommended by the manufacturer of the furniture to get rid of the white stains. We placed our Apple HomePod on our MDF TV stand and it left a white ring behind, but we were able to remove the mark with a damp cloth.

If you look at any reviews online, you will see that most seem to agree that Apple's HomePod does indeed serve up excellent sound quality.

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