Apple has come under fire after numerous reports claim its new HomePod speaker leaves white rings on wooden surfaces.
 
Early adopters of the $350 "new sound of home" are claiming that the speaker leaves white 'etched circles' on their wooden furniture within 20 minutes of use. Others are claiming it left deeper and more profound marks on several different wooden surfaces.
 
“It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces," Apple said on a support page. "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.”
 
The company says the marks can be removed by wiping the wood down with a soft damp or dry cloth, but failing that, the surface will need to be cleaned or resurfaced.
 
Only wood seems to be affected.
 
Competing speakers from Amazon and Google haven't had reports of similar markings.
 

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