Apple admits its HomePod speaker can stain some surfaces

The bulk of the Apple’s HomePod’s costs come from the internal speaker technology including the many microphones tweeters the woofer and the power management components

Both the Wirecutter and Pocket-lint noticed the problem, which has since been confirmed (and downplayed) by Apple.

"To clear it, I had to sand the wood down and then re-oil it", Miles said.

Apple has since updated its support page on taking care of the device, telling users "If you're concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface".

That response suggests Apple was aware of this issue (like with jet black iPhone 7 experiencing "micro abrasions" which it warned customers about) and a fix should not be expected if it's not a defect. The reviewer wrote, "This really undermines the design aspect of the HomePod-especially if you were thinking of displaying it on some prized piece of furniture-and it will surely be a sore point for many potential buyers".

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While the folks over at The Inquirer didn't have such a bad time removing the white rings left by their device, Wirecutter's and Pocket-Lint's marks were much more persistent, fading but never full disappearing.

'If the marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process, ' the firm continues, seemingly suggesting that the user might need to refinish their furniture in order for the ring to go away.

While this issue has no doubt surprised many, it has also not gone down well with Apple enthusiast. Twitter user Ted Landau tweeted that the same thing happened to him while using an Echo Dot, and putting a cork coaster underneath the device solved the issue.

The £319 HomePod has been praised in reviews for the quality of the bass notes that it can produce.

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It is not uncommon for technology to cause some unfortunate side effects.

This is not the first time issues like this have risen about Apple's products.

One blogger who closely follows the company was surprised by the development. The effect is not as dramatic because Sonos One uses four corner feet and not a complete ring base, but the photos indeed prove Apple's point. I am now going to invent and sell a iCoaster for $49.99.

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