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Bendgate 2.0?: Apple's latest iPad Pro 'folds like a piece of paper'

The Apple iPad Pro's structural integrity is less than ideal. (Source: JerryRigEverything on YouTube)
The Apple iPad Pro's structural integrity is less than ideal. (Source: JerryRigEverything on YouTube)
The Apple iPad Pro is apparently not a very durable tablet as demonstrated by Zack Nelson of the popular YouTube channel, JerryRigEverything. Zack was easily able to bend the iPad Pro with very minimal effort, which raises concerns about Apple putting build quality at stake in the quest for slimness.
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Apple's new iPad Pro is probably the best tablet in the market right now but it seems like Apple has sacrificed construction quality in the pursuit of thinness. Earlier, Filip Koroy of popular YouTube channel EverythingApplePro showed how fragile the new iPad Pros are when dropped from waist height. Now, Zack Nelson of the channel JerryRigEverything demonstrated how easy it is to bend and crack open the tablet without much exertion. 

The video starts off with Zack demonstrating how its easy to snap the Apple Pencil into two like a KitKat wafer by bending it at its dead center point. He then goes on to scratch the iPad's screen to see how the glass holds up and it seems that the screen does offer a fair level of scratch resistance. After scratching the metal sides, Zack finds that the area where the Apple Pencil latches on to the tablet is made of plastic to allow wireless charging for the Pencil. 

When Zack tried to bend the 11-inch iPad Pro, it folded like 'a piece of paper' proving that its structural integrity can be easily compromised. A tablet this size will be placed often in backpacks, bags, or even on a couch cushion. Any force on the tablet will be able to easily bend it especially, if pressure is applied around the microphone or the small plastic area for wireless charging. 

Internally, the iPad Pro does not seem to have any reinforcements for ensuring proper structural integrity. Of course, all tablets can be bent to a certain degree but the ease with which Zack could bend the iPad Pro's body should raise genuine concerns about Apple sacrificing build quality to shave off a few millimeters.

In our own reviews of both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models, we could easily twist the casing without much effort. With new repair prices of for the new iPad Pros touching sky high, it goes without saying that slapping on a quality case is imperative if you'd like the tablet to last for a while. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - Managing Editor - 1358 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-11-18 (Update: 2018-11-18)