Your HomePod Could Really Use This Leather Coaster

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Seems like HomePod has been leaving behind a white ring on some wooden surfaces.

According to Apple, it's not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when put in contact with a wooden surface.

It only took one day - one freaking day! - for someone to capitalise on the freaky news that Apple's $499 HomePod, the speaker that isn't so smart but sounds pretty great, might wreck your wood furniture.

Online commenters also noticed similarities between the white rings and Apple's recently Foster+Partners-designed campus in Cupertino, California. For those who are unaware what they can do with the HomePod, and how to use it, Apple has released a series of video tutorials.

Apple responded to the reports surrounding its HomePod speaker by explaining it was common for the silicone base of speakers to diffuse with oils used to treat wooden surfaces. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks.

If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process. Sure enough, when he got home and checked, he found a large white ring underneath the HomePod.

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"The HomePod can damage wood furniture", Wirecutter's Jon Case wrote.

The appearance of the rings has prompted Apple accessory retailers to produce a range of products created to protect wooden furniture. Sold by Pad and Quill, the coasters are made of "Marine-Grade" stitched leather, whatever that is, that'll really complete your HomePod.

The HomePod retails at £319 and is Apple's rival to the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers.

As many have pointed out, the fact that a $349 smart speaker is leaving stains on similarly expensive wooden furniture is a big problem.

The HomePod has been getting mixed reviews from critics and the public alike, but there's now a fresh controversy brewing which will probably make things worse for the speaker.

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