Apple Homepod is leaving its mark behind, literally

Apple HomePod 10+ things you should know before you buy

Interestingly, after hearing the same songs (including pop, classical, and Broadway hits) through each speaker, nobody picked the HomePod as the overall victor. When Pogue enquired with Apple as what the audio sources for each of the devices on show, he discovered that the HomePod was connected wirelessly using AirPlay, the Echo Bluetooth, Ethernet for the Sonos and input miniplug for the Google Home.

According to Pocket-Lint, the HomePod can discolour wooden surfaces "within 20 minutes", although the marks may fade a few days later.

After Apple officially launched the HomePod this month, the official YouTube account of its support group already released a total of three video tutorials on how to operate Apple's newest gadget. This is the second time, the HomePod is under news for all the wrong reasons.

Multiple buyers of Apple's new HomePod speaker, including websites like The Wirecutter and Pocket Lint, are reporting that leaving the speaker on top of a wooden table can cause a white ring to form.

The Guardian found that the HomePod did not leave marks on glass, Formica or plastic-coated reconstituted wood commonly used in flat-pack furniture. In a review by Wirecutter (via 9to5Mac), they discovered that the HomePod can leave stains on wooden furniture.

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Apple has since acknowledged the issue and updated its support page for the HomePod with additional details about the smart speaker and how its silicone base interacts with certain surfaces.

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'.

When I learned yesterday that Apple's HomePod speaker-which I had been testing-can damage oil-stained wood, I was more than a little concerned, as it had been sitting on my cabinet for quite some time.

"If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks", it continues.

Apple's latest hardware product has won praise for its sound quality but criticism for the lack of smooth integration with the Siri digital voice assistant and the inability to work tightly with some popular outside applications, unlike its rivals.

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