Since being formally launched final week, Apple’s $349 HomePod has earned rave evaluations for packing wonderful sound high quality into such a small speaker. But the decision on the remainder of the HomePod’s options hasn’t been fairly so enthusiastically good, and now a brand new downside with the design has emerged.
First highlighted by Pocket-Lint and The Wirecutter, and now confirmed in statements from Apple, it seems that the silicone base of the HomePod can go away a white ring on some picket furnishings, even when simply positioned there for a couple of minutes. The ring might fade over time and vanish utterly, however some reviewers are saying it completely damages the end, forcing house owners to sand and re-finish any affected furnishings.
According to Apple’s assertion to Pocket-Lint, the silicone base on the HomePod is in charge. “When questioned, Apple instructed us it was “commonplace” for a speaker with a silicone base to depart a “delicate mark” when positioned on sure oil or wax based mostly wooden completed surfaces, suggesting the marks are brought on by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the desk floor.,” Pocket-Lint stated in its evaluation.
Oil-based finishes are frequent on any picket floor that’s anticipated to come back into contact with meals, like reducing blocks or butcher-block kitchen counter tops. Wax-based finishes are extra frequent on older vintage furnishings and are favored on some rarer sorts of unique wooden. Oil-based and wood-based finishes will not be utterly impervious to water, which might clarify why oils from silicone may permeate the end, leaving a hoop. Silicone-based cleansing merchandise like Pledge are identified to depart a white movie with long-term use, though in contrast to what Apple says, I can’t discover any proof of silicone gaskets inflicting harm to picket furnishings prior to now. Speakers historically use rubber or plastic toes to stop marring on furnishings.
Only The Wirecutter and Pocket-Lint have noticed the issue thus far, together with one lonely person on Twitter who noticed an analogous downside. In its write-up, The Wirecutter stated that it examined the HomePod on different surfaces with no seen marks, together with “glass, granite countertop, good MDF, polyurethane-sealed wooden, and low cost IKEA bookcases.”