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Apple's HomePod speakers leave white marks on wood

Apple's HomePod speakers leave white marks on wood
From BBC - February 14, 2018

Apple's new smart speakers can discolour wooden surfaces, leaving a white mark where they are placed, the firm has acknowledged.

The US company has suggested that owners may have to re-oil furniture if the HomePod is moved.

The device went on sale last week after having been delayed from its original 2017 release date.

Apple told Pocket-lint that it was "not unusual" for speakers with silicone bases to leave a "mild mark".

But the gadget review site told the BBC it had never seen anything like this problem.

The website's founder, Stuart Miles, told the BBC that a speaker left a mark on his kitchen worktop within 20 minutes.

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

"It was not the end of the world for us. But if you have bought an expensive Scandinavian sideboard or some beautiful piece of wooden furniture and then got a mark on it from the speaker, you can imagine the horror," he added.

The problem has also been experienced by a New York Times review and the 9to5Mac news site as well as by at least one member of the public.

The NYT's Wirecutter site said Apple told it that "the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface."

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