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The New HomePod Can Still Cause Discoloration on Certain Wooden Surfaces

The New HomePod Can Still Cause Discoloration on Certain Wooden Surfaces

After its initial release in 2018, the HomePod created white rings on certain wooden surfaces that were unavoidable. Even with the launch of a newer version of the Apple device, popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee has confirmed that this issue still persists to some degree.

Video by Marques Brownlee

In a comparative test, the YouTuber found that when placed on wooden surfaces, the white second-generation HomePod left behind a faint yet discernible ring. Though it took longer to appear than its predecessor had done, the stain was still visible nonetheless.

In 2018, Apple issued a statement in a support document that their audio speakers, which have silicone bases to effectively reduce vibration and noise, may retain slight imprints on wooden surfaces due to the oils from the silicone transferring onto them over time:

“It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, 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 recommended cleaning process. If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.”

Apple has yet to specify the second-generation HomePod in its support document, although this problem does not affect the HomePod mini.

Reviews suggest that the sound quality of the new HomePod is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor, and Apple has addressed many of Siri’s initial shortcomings when it was initially released in 2018. Though Alexa and Google Assistant still beat out Siri in certain aspects, users have remarked positively on how far it has advanced.

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