Apple has been in the limelight for quite some time now, but for all the wrong reasons.
If you just picked up Apple's flashy new HomePod speaker you might be thinking of displaying it proudly on the nicest piece of furniture you have, but before you do there's something you should know. The company at the launch of the Siri-enabled HomePod did not mention of any white ring nor did it warn the users for not placing the speaker on any wooden surface.
Inevitably, the circles have been dubbed "white rings of death" after the "red rings of death" which appeared on Microsoft Xboxes when they suffered a catastrophic meltdown and stopped working. After reading about multiple reports, it is possible that removing the white ring becomes very hard.
HomePod owners have been tackling this regrettable issue through the use of social media in efforts to shed awareness of the matter, as well as express their obvious frustrations.
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I would advise anyone purchasing these speakers to place something between them and whatever surface you're planning to place it on. Place the power cord so that it won't be walked on or pinched.
Apple responded by saying that it's not unusual for "vibration-dampening silicone" to react that way and recommended customers use HomePod on different surfaces. Apple notes that the silicone on the base of the speaker can "leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces".
"If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks", it continues. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturers recommended cleaning process.
After numerous reports of HomePod marking wood surfaces yesterday, many may feel that Apple's hardware quality has slipped. At issue appears to be a silicone base that leaves marks when interacting with certain oils used to finish wood furniture. The device was then tested on different wood surfaces that weren't treated with wax or oil and turns out the white stains couldn't be reproduced.