If you just picked up Apple's flashy new HomePod speaker you might be thinking of displaying it proudly on the nicest piece of furniture you have, but before you do there's something you should know. The $499 gadget's silicon base can damage wooden surfaces, leaving behind an ugly stain.
I can't believe I have to say this (actually, at this point when it comes to Apple, nothing really surprises me), but you should probably put a coaster under your HomePod before you place it on that heirloom bedside table.
#homepod left rings on my wood furniture in less than 20 minutes of use. 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 pic.twitter.com/eZng16barS
— Guy San Francisco (@Guyinsf415) February 10, 2018
In a statement to Wirecutter, Apple confirmed the issue but claimed that "the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface". If that doesn't work you'll have to refinish the wood to remove the stain.
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) February 14, 2018
But really, that shouldn't be necessary. This is a $499 product and the very least you should expect is that it won't damage whatever surface you put it on. So if you want to display your new HomePod on a wooden table or shelf put a coaster (or some other sort of buffer) underneath the speaker. Alternatively, you could also place it on glass or granite with no issue at all, or, you know, just skip the overpriced Apple device entirely this time around.