Unless you've been under a rock the past couple of days you have probably heard that Apples newest product the HomePod has been in the news. It might be best to just keep the HomePod away from wood altogether.
Tech site Pocket-Lint's reviewer, Stuart Miles, described how the speaker sits flat on any given surface "creating a snug fit, presumably to help resonate and amplify the bass". For our tests we placed the speaker on a solid oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil. Though it's still too early to tell whether the HomePod's blemishes on wood will dampen the device's sales.
HomePod doesn't appear to be alone in this type of issue, however, as a separate review found that the new Sonos One can also leave white rings on tabletops.
If so, that could hamper Apple's efforts to catch up to less expensive Internet-connected speakers from Amazon and Google that had a head start in the still-nascent market. "But at least one person has discovered similar marks from the feet of the Sonos One". You know, by keeping it from destroying your furniture.
According to Apple, it's not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when put in contact with a wooden surface.
Only a week after its launch, HomePod users have reported that the speaker has been leaving white circular marks on their wooden surfaces.
If even this doesn't work, they can try their hand at cleaning the wood with the furniture manufacturer's recommended process.
Even though it hasn't even been a month since the release of Apple's HomePod, it's safe to say that this is not the launch that Apple intended. "If you're concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface".