If you own any wood furniture, you may want to rethink getting the recently released Apple HomePod. The high-tech smart speaker, similar to Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Home, dropped on February 9th — and it’s already getting blasted with one major user complaint on Twitter.
Unfortunately, if left on wood for any period of time, the HomePod will stain the wood surface, leaving a white mark where it was placed. “#homepod left rings on my wood furniture in less than 20 minutes of use,” Guy San Francisco shared in a tweet. “Thanks #apple I am glad a paid $400 to make perfect etched circles on my more expensive furniture. Guess I can not move it now to cover up the mark. Evil geniuses you are. #applesupport.”
This week, Wirecutter tried to get to the bottom of the issue and reached out to Apple for support.
Thankfully, the company came through with a promising solution to the HomePod problem.
“The marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface,” Apple said in an e-mail to the site. In the same message, Apple added that customers should also “try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer’s suggested oiling method.”
According to Pocket-Lint, it’s not uncommon for the HomePod’s silicone base to leave rings due to chemical interactions with treated wood. “The HomePod had caused a white discolored ring to appear on the wood that some days later has faded,” the site reports. “Although still hasn’t completely disappeared.”
Apple offered some care instructions in a statement:
The product has only been out for a few days, so maybe given more time these creepy-looking rings will be gone for good. Until then, stock up on wood-treating oil or leave your HomePod on, you know, an alternative surface.