A firmware update cannot fix this one!
The new Apple HomePod ‘Smart Speaker’ has been reported to damage certain types of surfaces leaving some wooden furniture with marks.
Apple confirmed on Wednesday, their new virtual assistant and internet-connected speaker could damage some surfaces and leave marks “when placed on some wooden surfaces”.
Product review and recommendation site Wirecutter published a review on Wednesday saying the HomePod left a white circle on a wooden surface, the reviewer warned not to put the device on nice or expensive wooden furniture. Another review site Pocket-lint reported the same problem as well.
The Apple (AAPL) support page recently released an update to explain the issue saying the “vibration-dampening silicone base” may mark the wood. The company further added that the marks will dissipate “after several days” once the HomePod has been moved if the marks persist then wiping the surface will suffice.
The support explains, “The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface,” the support page reads. “If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.”
The device had its official launch last week with a retail price of $350, early reviews on some websites have claimed the ‘Smart Speaker’ isnt that smart at all with some claim the iPhone Siri being far superior in intellect.
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.