Apple received complaints from several users about its latest HomePod smartspeaker damaging wooden surfaces.
Apple confirmed that itssmartspeaker does cause white stains on wooden furniture and advised users to move their speaker to avoid the white stains.
The HomePod, supposedly leaves unsightly marks on wood in a very short time span of 20 minutes.
Apple has said that the oils in the HomePod’s silicon base interact with wooden surfaces, thus causing the white stains. However, the remedy is to simply move the speaker to another surface.
The problem was reported by the Wirecutter, a technology reviews website. “This really undermines the design aspect of the HomePod, especially if you were thinking of displaying it on some prized piece of furniture,” reviewer John Chase wrote. “It will surely be a sore point for many potential buyers.”
One HomePod buyer claimed online the speaker “left rings on my wood furniture in less than 20 minutes of use”.
Apple revealed that these marks would eventually disappear over several days, however, if it does not then it has recommended its clients to use a wet or damp cloth to wipe off the marks.
This is not the first time that Apple’s products are being flawed. The company recently told its engineers to scale back the rate of updates for its iOS 11 software to avoid a string of bugs that have been found in recent updates.