Apple's new HomePod destroys wood furniture, users complain

16 February, 2018, 06:17 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • #Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood furniture

The speaker costs USD349.

To do this, Pogue hid four WiFi-connected speakers-the Sonos One, Google Home Max, HomePod, and Amazon Echo Plus, which range in price from $150 to $400-behind a curtain, and then invited five "panelists" to judge which was best. Just make sure it's solid and flat. "This seems like an issue that should have been caught during the period where HomePod was being widely tested at home by many Apple employees".

Initial reviews generally praise the speaker's audio quality, but the HomePod is also an AI-driven device that's created to work with Apple's Siri voice assistant.

While Apple's HomePod still doesn't have a Canadian release date, the high-end smart speaker is already becoming controversial. Apple has also confirmed the problem via a statement, saying "the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface".

Similarly, the HomePod, or more accurately Siri, has impressive chops for quickly deciphering which Apple device you're speaking to and responding correctly, most every time.

The Wirecutter said "glass, granite countertop, nice MDF, polyurethane-sealed wood, and cheap IKEA bookcases", were all immune to the damage during its tests.

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The iPhone maker reiterated that "it's not unusual for any speaker" with a silicone bottom to leave marks behind on wooden surfaces.

In other related news, it has emerged (somewhat incredulously), that an Apple support document now advises users against placing the HomePod on wooden furniture. If not, the company recommends "wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks".

"If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommend cleaning process".

John Birchman tweeted, "Wait, so Apple's Home Pod is leaving marks on wood surfaces treated with oil or wax?" According to the report, "The Apple HomePod speaker sits flat on any given surface creating a snug fit, presumably to help resonate and amplify the bass". A few presses later, and the HomePod vacuums up Wi-Fi passwords and Apple Music settings, offers a quick voice-command tutorial, and that's it.

Wirecutter reviewer John Chase said: "This really undermines the design aspect of the HomePod, especially if you were thinking of displaying it on some prized piece of furniture".

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