Apple should’ve caught the HomePod ‘white ring’ problem, though it shouldn’t be costly to fix

The "white ring" problem that affects Apple HomePods placed on certain kinds of wood furniture relates to the interaction between silicone and wood and doesn’t appear to be Apple-specific. Still, some industrial design experts that Business Insider spoke to were surprised that the tech giant, which prides itself on attention to every detail, didn’t catch the issue in quality assurance testing.

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The silicone attached to the bottom of the HomePod reacts with oil-coated wood as a result of sound vibrations, leaving a white “footprint.” On the bright side, the problem probably wont be costly or time consuming to fix. Cesar Viramontes, a Senior Industrial Designer at Y Studios, a San Francisco based firm that has worked on everything from TV set top boxes to digital picture frames, told Business Week that the white ring problem should be fixed in the next round of manufacturing. 

Still, Apple “should have caught the issue if they followed a rigorous QA process,” Ignazio Moresco, a product design expert who has worked at frog design, Microsoft and Ericsson. told Business Week.