Is the top glass?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by Marco123, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. Marco123 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm wondering if the top touch panel of the Homepod is glass or plastic?
    Would it scratch easily when wiped?
     
  2. StumpyBloke Suspended

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    Plastic, according to a YouTube video I watched. And yes apparently
     
  3. cynics macrumors G4

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    I've wiped it off a bunch of times without even leaving micro scratches. It will be fine as long as you are wiping it off with anything abrasive enough to scratch it (grit in a rag or something). Its such a finger print magnet that I stopped touching it and make sure to use Siri exclusively though.
     
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    I hope you’re right rather than the YT video. A speaker of this cost shouldn’t scratch easily at all!
     
  5. cynics macrumors G4

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    I have more expensive speakers that the plastics scratch just as easy if not easier (since I haven't scratched the HP yet I'm not exactly sure). I think the big difference is the plastic is glossy and will show scratches. Honestly if you are really worried about it and you know it will bother you I would really try to avoid touch it. Use a feather duster if/when dust builds up on it.
     
  6. Benz63amg macrumors 68030

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    i absolutely agree, what a cheap move of apple to use plastic and not premium glass for the top part of the homepod, i love the homepod and the sound its capable of producing but come on now apple.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    I saw in another thread somone did manage to scratch it, don't know who noticable those scratches could be. We all have varying levels of sensitivity
     
  8. Benz63amg macrumors 68030

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    I believe that the top will easily scratch if you were to rub grit and dust that has accumulated on the top of the Homepod after some time with a towel. gotta be careful cleaning that top or else it'll get microscratches all over it.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    No question and also the material being used shouldn't be too abrasive as well.
     
  10. cynics macrumors G4

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    Apple typically uses premium material throughout their products. Glass may not have been the best choice to have a high excursion woofer firing into. There are components connected to its underside as well, any separation and its vibrating.
     
  11. Benz63amg macrumors 68030

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    Hmm that is a very interesting point that i didn't even consider. Thank you for pointing that out.
     
  12. cynics macrumors G4

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    I’m just being an apologist but from a company that covers everything in glass (even where it makes the device overly fragile like the AppleTV remote and the back of phones) I would want to say it’s a specific design choice. I don’t know that though. Another guess is something to do with acoustics.

    My Sonos Play 5 (gen 1) doesn’t feel like the quality is as good overall, not saying it feels cheap because it doesn’t but I’m sure the focus there was sound.

    The HP has relatively high quality plastic if nothing else, point in case would be people not knowing if it’s glass or plastic.

    I wonder if it would look as nice with a matt finish.
     
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I am sure that someone will come out with a screen protector for the HP!

    It amazes me what other can worry about but we are all different!
     
  14. Endorphine88 macrumors 6502

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    Wait... why would you use anything abrasive to wipe it and expect it not to scratch?
     

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