The Mark of the HomePod: The Internet's funniest jabs at Apple's furniture-staining smart speaker

The Mark of the HomePod: The Internet's funniest jabs at Apple's furniture-staining smart speaker
In case you've missed it, numerous HomePod users report that their wooden furniture has been stained by the oils of the sound-dampening silicon base of the smart speaker. Yes, no kidding here, here's an excerpt lifted straight from Apple's support page.

Now, while affected users have all the rights to be quite annoyed and express their disdain at Apple for staining their furniture, this whole issue feels a bit blown out of proportion. Given that the fix is as simple as wiping of your affected wooden drawer with an oil-based furniture polish (which you should regularly do either way), some folks are simply keeping their eyes peeled for something minor to rustle their jimmies and immediately take it to Twitter with the hopes of kick-starting a company-toppling hashtag ending in -gate.

Funnily enough, while the white ring might not stain Apple's image in the long run, the numerous funny tweets and jokes that the Internet's collective hive mind came up with will live on. Take a gander at the absolute best ones so far:

Our favorite not Jony Ive was among the first to come front with a couple of excellent jabs, as usual:

Vinyl skin maker dbrand also weighed in:

The 2018 winter Olympics in PyeongChang were also involved in the debacle:

Said one Twitter user:

And, of course, the meme wouldn't write itself if an Eastern-European crochet table runner isn't involved. Slav grandmas will be proud:

Many, probably:



1. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Apple will never ever admit they made a design flaw because of their extreme arrogance and of course its the customer who has to be inconvenienced!

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hey this is a good opportunity to make animal coverings for the HomePods. I bet you the best seller would be a lamb or sheep covering. It would sell like hot cakes for only $99. The sheeple will lap it up at that low price. If it gets damaged in anyway, then you could get the covering repaired for $70. Maybe someone could add an Apple Care feature to help out on these expensive repair costs if the coverings need any repairs for like a really low $15 for a one time replacement. No questions asked, you will get a new covering if you go for the care fees.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not with sites like iPA trying to shill for Apple. Apparently you just wipe it off or oil your wood like you're supposed to. Clearly they didnt read about the guy who had to sand it down and then oil it to get rid of it.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6796; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Is it wrong to expect better from the richest company in the galaxy???

9. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, the richest company in the galaxy is Magrathea.

15. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

If you take a look at the whole story, Apple just did something in their design that every speaker manufacturer has been doing since the invention of the bluetooth speaker. Silicone dampeners on the bottom so that the speaker won't move around due to sound being played and the energy being distributed throughout it's body. I agree with what they say, it is a bit blown out of proportion since Apple is the largest company in the world as of now and the only thing apple should do is package some sort of coaster along with it's homepod...a simple cloth will do.

2. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Lol.. no comment..

3. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Dang! So funny!

4. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Great work internet. :D


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Hahah apple products just suck!

10. ViewRoyal

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 11, 2018

Actually ANYTHING with a silicone base will have the SAME effect and leave marks on some oiled or untreated wood surfaces. This is nothing "new", and it certainly does not just pertain to the HomePod. For example, an article with photos appeared today on Tom's Guide, showing that the Sonos One speaker, which also has silicone pads on the bottom of the speaker, leaves similar marks on the same type of wood surfaces.

12. crzykiller33

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

That is incorrect, it'll only happen if you use cheap ass garbage silicone that has not been properly washed. I have an Anker speaker with a soft silicone base that had not left any marks on wooden surfaces despite being there for days/weeks. Apple is just using garbage quality materials once again

13. mootu

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The Google Home Max also sits on quiet a large silicon pad, not seen any reports of staining from that (yet).

11. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

"You're using it wrong"

14. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I hope nobody actually expects Apple to ever admit they messed up unless that becomes their only option.

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