While the folks over at The Inquirer didn't have such a bad time removing the white rings left by their device, Wirecutter's and Pocket-Lint's marks were much more persistent, fading but never full disappearing.
The new Apple HomePod "Smart Speaker" has been reported to damage certain types of surfaces leaving some wooden furniture with marks.
Early reviews of the device have found that the speaker leaves a white ring on wooden surfaces shortly after being placed there. Apple believes that the ring stains are caused by some sort of chemical reaction with certain wood surfaces treated with oil or wax.
"It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces", the company said.
Apple says that if neither of these options work, users should just move their HomePod to some other non-wooden surface.
After Apple officially launched the HomePod this month, the official YouTube account of its support group already released a total of three video tutorials on how to operate Apple's newest gadget. If so, that could hamper Apple's efforts to catch up to less expensive internet-connected speakers from Amazon and Google that had a head start in the still nascent market. The company recommends users to gently wipe the surface with a soft damp or dry cloth and if the mark still persists then try the wood manufacturer's recommended cleaning process. No, the HomePods aren't exploding but they sure are raising some concerns. If you're still having issues, Apple advises you follow the furniture's recommended cleaning processor or put your speaker somewhere else.
The same material appears to be used on Apple HomePod, Sonos One, Amazon Echo, and Google Home, although the material could be different on the latter two smart speakers and their weight is a bit under that of HomePod and One.
After numerous reports of HomePod marking wood surfaces yesterday, many may feel that Apple's hardware quality has slipped.