Apple HomePod Leaves Its Mark - On Furniture


Just days after launching the HomePod, Apple already has a major issue on its hands.

It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. Despite fading over several days, the reviewer could still see the blemish. The thing should start shipping next week, so maybe keep the HomePod in a safe space until then.

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Apple has since confirmed that its new speaker may cause damage to wooden furniture and has created a dedicated help page to support customers who are experiencing this issue. "It will surely be a sore point for many potential buyers".

Why? If it's bumpy or rigid, it might affect your HomePod and stop it from properly working. Here are a few tip that the Cupertino giant has published for the HomePod users. But the verdict on the rest of the HomePod's features hasn't been quite so enthusiastically good, and now a new problem with the design has emerged.

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The company also recommends users to place the HomePod on solid surfaces and use it indoors only. If necessary, you can clean HomePod with a damp cloth.

Wirecutter notes that the smart speaker is fine to place on other surfaces, including glass, granite, particle board (what Ikea furniture is made from), and wood that's been sealed with polyurethane. You just need to bring a government-issued ID and confirmation of the order number.

"Apple is compressing their margins a bit, wanting to go big or go home", said Al Cowsky, TechInsight's costing manager.

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