Apple’s HomePod Is Making Its Mark, and Not in a Good Way

updated May 3, 2019
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Did you grow up in a coaster house? If so, you are probably familiar with the shock, awe, and terror of discovering a rogue water ring on a wood table. Well, now you can have all of the old timey annoyance but from a cool futuristic source.

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According to Gizmodo, the new Apple HomePod is leaving a trail of stains in its sleekly designed wake.

Apple’s HomePod sounds excellent, but its can feel limited next to other smart speakers—Oh, and also it leaves white rings on wood surfaces.

— Wirecutter (@wirecutter) February 14, 2018

Both Wirecutter and Pocket-Lint brought up the white rings the speaker left in their reviews. The testers at Pocket-Lint tried the speaker on three different work surfaces after noticing the white rings appear just 20 minutes after setting the speaker up. The original surface, solid oak treated with Danish oil, fared the worst. The other two, solid oak without the oil and a lacquered desk, didn’t have the same kind of marks.

Apple has confirmed that the HomePod can leave behind a mark, noting that certain oils do not mix well the silicone base used in the HomePod and many other speakers. They said that “the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface.” When asked what to do if the marks don’t disappear, Apple told Wirecutter in an email, “try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer’s suggested oiling method.”

Or maybe put it on a coaster.