Apple Admits HomePods are Leaving White Stains on Wooden Tables


Multiple buyers of Apple’s new HomePod speaker, including websites like The Wirecutter and Pocket Lint, are reporting that leaving the speaker on top of a wooden table can cause a white ring to form. According to The Verge, Apple has already acknowledged the issue, stating that “the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface”.

Homepod rings

Apparently the silicone base of the HomePod is causing these stains to form on wooden furniture. Apple has recommended that users should try cleaning the wooden surface with the manufacturer’s suggested oiling method if the white rings don’t fade over time.

It must be noted that HomePods are not meant to be put on a soft surface because of its down firing tweeters. Hence the problem can’t be solved by just putting a cloth underneath it.

As of now, there is no word on whether or not Apple will be taking steps to fix this problem, or possibly offer to replace units. In the meantime, try to keep your HomePod far away from any wooden furniture.

Has your HomePod left a white ring on any of your furniture? If yes, did you manage to wipe it clean?


  • swotam

    #Woodgate!! Prepare for abject outrage from the masses of hipsters who can’t put their HomePod on their artisanal hand-carved individually hand-oiled with a brush made from the hair of a free-range, non-GMO, naturally fed Tibetan llama bookshelves.

    Seriously though, it’s obviously a “thing” that will impact some customers but will no doubt escalate into a #gate because, Internet.

  • Joe

    I didn’t buy the HomePod yet. I can wait until they sell it in Canada, and hopefully they’ll fix this issue by then.

  • Taylor

    I don’t see how. It seems the vibrations are causing the homepod to rub. I don’t see how that can be fixed.

  • Mike

    I am sure it can be fixed.. and it will be fixed.

  • Tim

    That’s a pretty big miss by the QA and testing team. Some heads should be rolling.

  • C3xxx

    Maybe one of them useless AOL CDs can finally have a purpose as a coater 😉

  • Got Game? Get Game! ???

    Yes, because Apple should anticipate every possible scenario. Orrrrr consumers could use common sense and solve their unique problems themselves.

  • Salinger

    Agreed! How could Apple engineers possibly have envisioned people placing a speaker on a wood surface?! It’s practically unheard of!

  • Got Game? Get Game! ???

    Orrrrr the rub marks are an exaggeration of the facts so that they can get their 15 minutes of internet fame crying boo hoo my speakers rub wood when the volume is set to max. How could this have happened? Apple you should have anticipated stupidity!

  • Salinger

    Yes, that’s probably the case. Apple always acknowledges issues with their products that don’t exist.

  • Got Game? Get Game! ???

    I see it as they are suggesting common sense where there is none.

  • Salinger

    LOL! You’re hilarious! 😀

  • raslucas

    I don’t have a wooden coffee table because it’s impossible not to stain it. I don’t want to live in a house where a glass of water can destroy a piece of furniture.

    Umm… so like, maybe someone should sell cork pads for $10 ($15 Canadian just to be a d!ck) and solve this problem for all those with this problem.

    Oh wait, that product already exists and we use it for potted plants….

    I guess people just need to be smarter with their sh!t

  • raslucas

    Having said that, they could’ve made the bases out of fabric maybe…

  • Tim

    When you can’t acknowledge that a speaker behaving this way is wholly inconsistent with Apple’s historical product quality standards, it demonstrates that your loyalty to the company has hit a mark where objective analysis is beyond your repertoire. You’ve actually suggested that the onus is on consumers to assume that a $350 speaker from Apple may STAIN their furniture. I award you no points.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Totally agree. If I was designing a speaker I’d certainly google the pros and cons of using the material. They said they were working on it for 6 years…

  • Got Game? Get Game! ???

    What a difference a day makes. I win.

  • BeaveVillage

    The issue sounds awfully similar to the 95% genuine Saskatchewan Sealskin bindings I got last week. #woodgate for life!