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Pad & Quill introduces leather coaster to prevent HomePod from damaging wooden surfaces

#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood furniture Apple's HomePod Can Apparently Damage Your Furniture
Pete Mitchell | 16 February, 2018, 07:02

Wirecutter reviewer John Chase said: "This really undermines the design aspect of the HomePod, especially if you were thinking of displaying it on some prized piece of furniture".

The Guardian found that the HomePod did not leave marks on glass, Formica or plastic-coated reconstituted wood commonly used in flat-pack furniture. What Jobs' Mob is calling a "vibration-dampening silicone base" the rest of the world calls plastic feet. "To clear it, I had to sand the wood down and then re-oil it".

Apple has designed its HomePod speaker to be a major competitor in the smart speaker space and it hopes to provide an alternative to Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices.

According to Wirecutter and Pocket Lint, early adopters of the HomePod are noticing rings being left on wooden surfaces where the speaker is placed.

The company also recommends users to place the HomePod on solid surfaces and use it indoors only.

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Ironically, When Apple announced the HomePod, it showed it off on a wooden table.

Some joked that Apple should instruct users to put a coaster under their HomePod, with one quipping that "ten 'HomePod Coaster" start ups were formed in the past two hours'.

This new marking issue is another setback for the device as it tries to compete with the already well established Amazon Echo and Google Home. While these marks should be easily removed by a damp cloth, some HomePod owners may want to invest in a surface protector like the one now being offered by Pad & Quill.

'If the marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process, ' the firm continues, seemingly suggesting that the user might need to refinish their furniture in order for the ring to go away. This is quite unfortunate especially since the HomePods are not meant to be kept on soft surfaces.

A number of people who bought the just-released £319 speaker are reporting that it leaves a white ring on the surfaces of wooden furniture. Other websites also posted their own guides on the functionalities of Apple's smart speaker.

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