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Yeah, so this is a bummer. Now that the HomePod is out in the wild, reports have started trickling in from users complaining about the $349 smart speaker’s unfortunate side effect on wood furniture. A quick trip to Twitter shows various sorts of HomePod-sized rings left on desks and table tops.
Apple has since confirmed the issue on its support page, noting, “It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces.”
Issue - Chemistry - Marks - Oils - Silicone
The issue seems to be one of chemistry. “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.”
For what it’s worth, we didn’t run into the issue in our own testing, and the complaints appear to be pretty scattershot. But the averse interaction between wood and silicone is a known issue, as Apple handily points out. In fact, users have complained of similar issues with products...
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