Apple recently re-launched the larger HomePod 2 with a few design tweaks like the illuminating touch surface and improved audio quality. However, one thing has not changed between the original and new HomePod, the white rings on wood surfaces.
In 2018, the first-generation HomePod featured a silicone base to absorb vibrations made by its woofer. But users found that the silicone base reacted with some wood finishes and left white rings on the surface. Even after 5 years, the same issue persists with the new smart speaker because it also has the same silicone base as its predecessor.
Apple assures users that HomePod 2 white rings are not unusual and disappear after a few days
Wirecutter reviewed the new HomePod 2 and confirmed that it too left white rings, “however, be careful what kind of furniture you place it on. The HomePod can damage wood furniture.”
But Apple says not to worry as it is not unusual for speakers with a silicone base to create such rings. In a support document dedicated to the speaker’s cleaning and taking care, the company explains that the rings are temporary and disappear after a few days.
It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping 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.
Since the HomePod mini has a plastic base, it does not leave create white rings on wood surfaces.