Yesterday, it was revealed –almost a week after the HomePod launched to the public, and well after Apple’s own pre-release testing phase for the smart speaker ended– that the HomePod smart speaker can leave white marks on some wood surfaces.
It didn’t take long for Apple to officially confirm the potential problem, and, soon after, even launch a support document for the HomePod that details the situation explicitly, and outlines what to do about it. At the time, Apple had this to say:
“It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. 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.”
Now, thanks to Tom’s Guide it can be said that the HomePod is not the only device that may do this sort of damage to certain wood surfaces. Specifically, Mike Prospero of the publication was able to confirm that the Sonos One speaker is also capable of leaving white marks on certain wood surfaces, as you can see from the image at the top of this article.
Though, it is worth noting that the HomePod’s residual effect is definitely worse in direct comparison.
Here’s what Prospero had to say, in part:
“When I got home, I saw a large white ring, a telltale indication that the HomePod’s silicone base had messed up the finish. But, as I was inspecting the damage, I noticed a series of smaller white marks near where the HomePod was sitting.
A closer inspection revealed that the Sonos One speaker, which also has small silicone feet, had made these marks on my cabinet. Looking around the top of the cabinet, I noticed a bunch of little white marks, all left from the Sonos Ones as I moved them around. So, they will damage your wood furniture, too. We’re awaiting comment from Sonos.”
As it stands right now, it looks like this issue creeps in when the HomePod (or Sonos One) is set on a wooden surface that has not had any protective coating applied. If you have a HomePod and want to check up on the support document, it is linked at the bottom of this article.
This is a dumb situation across the board. These devices are meant to sit in homes, and, in most cases, not move for extended periods of time. The fact that they would damage any surface in someone’s home seems like a ridiculous oversight. Then again, as Apple has already confirmed, some materials just don’t play nicely with objects. At for Apple’s sake, it’s good that the company isn’t the only one that offers a smart speaker that can leave white marks on some wood surfaces, I guess.