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Apple HomePod White Ring Issue

It appears that the HomePod is leaving white rings on stained wooden furniture. To put it bluntly, “why”? Apple has been testing the HomePod in employee’s homes for a couple of years, how could this not have been noticed before? This seems like an oversight on Apple’s part.

This was initially pointed out by The Wirecutter.

Be careful where you put it. The HomePod’s base left rings on wood finishes. The rings faded over time, but we wouldn’t risk it on good furniture.”

From Apple’s own HomePod support article:

It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer’s recommended cleaning process. If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.

If this was a product from another company, it would be one thing, but this is Apple. Apple is typically known for their quality hardware, but this seems like they should have tested this. Per the WireCutter review, Apple recommend “try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer’s suggested oiling method” — in other words, go refinish your furniture.” This is just unacceptable for most users, it would be for me.

I am not likely to experience this issue, as my HomePod is either sitting on a glass shelf or on carpet. However, if I ever put it on my computer desk or in my living room, which has hardwood, then I will need to place it on something. I am hoping that Apple will be fixing this in future versions. It may be simply fixed by putting a felt bottom on the HomePod, or even just providing a felt cloth. If I move my HomePod, I will put a felt cloth under the HomePod to avoid this issue. Regardless of a simple fix, Apple does need to address this issue.

Photo source: thewirecutter.com, Photo by Jon Chase.

Daily Run Down: 03/10/2013: Historical Edition

Here is today’s Historical Daily Run Down.

  • In 1584, English politician and writer Thomas Norton dies.
  • In 1629, Charles I dissolves Parliament.
  • In 1745, American solider John Gunby is born.
  • In 1810, Irish Poet Samuel Ferguson is born.
  • In 1814, Napoleon I is defeated at the Battle of Laon.
  • In 1864, American Frontier figure, Jack Slade, dies.
  • In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call.
  • In 1891, Almon Strowger patents the strowger switch.
  • In 1906, The Courrieres Mine disaster kills 1099 miners in Northern France.
  • In 1913, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman dies.
  • In 1933, An earthquake that struck Long Beach, California kills 115.
  • In 1959, 300,000 Tibetans surround the Dalai Lama’s Palace to protect him from removal.
  • In 1977, Astronomers discover rings around the planet Uranus.
  • In 2000, The NASDAQ hits its high, signaling the end of the Dot-com Boom.
  • In 2006, The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • In 1917, American World War II Sergeant Frank Perconte is born.
  • In 1948, American novelist Zelda Fitzgerald dies.
  • In 1957, Leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden was born.
  • In 1983, American singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood was born.
  • In 2010, Canadian Actor Corey Haim dies.
 

Look for more current news later and another Historical Daily Run Down next week.

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Daily Run Down 01/02/2013: Evening Edition

Here is this evening’s Daily Run Down.

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Big News

Recalls

General News

International

Politics

Obits

Health

Science/Space

Financial

Historical

Tips and Tricks

Gaming

Gadgets

Law

Patents

Technology

Internet

Mobile

Rumors

Software/Apps

London/Britain/UK

Personal

Odd

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Funny

Chicagoland

Total Number of stories: 134

Look for more stories tomorrow.

Daily Run Down 01/02/2013: Evening Edition

Here is this evening’s Daily Run Down.

20130102.02.jpg

Big News

Recalls

General News

International

Politics

Obits

Health

Science/Space

Financial

Historical

Tips and Tricks

Gaming

Gadgets

Law

Patents

Technology

Internet

Mobile

Rumors

Software/Apps

London/Britain/UK

Personal

Odd

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Funny

Chicagoland

Total Number of stories: 134

Look for more stories tomorrow.