Remember the good old days? Back in the day everything Apple made just worked, right? No. Just kidding. Apple critics trot out that tired old meme whenever a rash pops up on a pimple-faced Apple Store associate.
Apple’s successes in the 21st century have had their share of Watergate-like scandals and disasters. There was Antennagate for iPhone 4S. Apple Mapsgate was a thing. We had Bendgate on iPhone 6 Plus. What’s the latest? HomePod’s new Staingate. Yes. It’s a thing.
There are times when you would like to think somebody at Apple would raise a red flag, sound the trumpets, drop a tip into the suggestion box, or just tell somebody somewhere at Apple that something was wrong with a new product?
Remember MobileMe? Everyone working on Apple’s first highly promoted cloud storage and sync venture (iDisk didn’t count) knew MobileMe wasn’t ready for the launch, let alone prime time. Did anyone have the intestinal fortitude to tell Apple CEO Steve Jobs? No.
Well, here we are, moving quickly into and through 2018, and Apple’s delayed HomePod talking speaker gets rave reviews from anyone who knows sound quality. Good for Apple. Now, what about those stains? Wirecutter has a wonderfully detailed HomePod review but a little more than halfway down the scroll you’ll see– literally– one glaring flaw.
As Jon Chase’s photo shows, you’ll need to be careful where you place and how often you move HomePod because whatever is on the bottom of the diminutive but heavy device (it is heavy; lift it; you’ll see) does not like wood.
HomePod can damage wood furniture: An unhappy discovery after we placed a HomePod on an oiled butcher-block countertop and later on a wooden side table was that it left a defined white ring in the surface.
Uh oh. What happened, Apple? Did not any one of the engineers and designers who tried HomePod notice what it does with wood? How can you miss that?
What’s going on? Serenity Caldwell to the rescue.
While we’re perhaps less careful around our furniture than our parents or grandparents, the general rule is to avoid placing unusual objects (like vases, wax, or some silicone objects) on a treated wooden table.
Duh. But still, Staingate is a thing already.
Should Apple update HomePod’s packaging to include a disclaimer about some treated wood surfaces? Absolutely. Even if there’s only a 50% chance your table interacts with silicone, it’s worth having the disclaimer. And those who have been affected by this issue have every right to be upset with Apple.
You’re holding it wrong! Or, in this case– your furniture is wrong. I’m thinking doilies. My mother and grandmother had them under everything. Look for HomePod Doilies on Amazon.