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The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) follows its fragile predecessors into JerryRigEverything's bend test

The iPad Pro's new screen got more time with the lighter than usual. (Source: YouTube)
The iPad Pro's new screen got more time with the lighter than usual. (Source: YouTube)
The wow-factor of the new slim-bezel iPad Pro's design on its reveal may have quickly transmuted into anxiety when the popular YouTuber Zach Nelson found that its super-slim frame rendered it extremely susceptible to destruction should it encounter bending forces. Now, it is finally time to see how the latest, mini-LED iteration of this tablet holds up to the same kind of testing.

The third-gen iPad Pro (2018) represented a revolution for its series' design with its new, iPhone-esque rear cameras, slim uniform bezels and new frame with a depth of just 5.9 millimeters (mm). However, this potential new dimension in the tablet's portability quickly became as much of a liability when JerryRigEverything's Zach Nelson demonstrated that it was possible to snap the premium slate like a biscuit.

Now, the latest generation of iPad Pro has emerged, revealing that users might be inclined to go to particular lengths in order to keep the newly mini-LED display of its highest-end 12.9-inch variant pristine. However, unfortunately, it has also emerged with a frame of 6.4mm in depth, which is not a huge difference from that of the ultra-fragile 2018 version.

Zach Nelson also observed that this frame also still has the same weak points (such as the microphone hole) in the same locations along which the doomed iPad Pro cracked in the first place. However, the vlogger reported much more difficulty in trying to snap the newer tablet practically in half all over again.

Instead, Nelson found that the tablet's glass seemed to be particularly (and strangely) resistant to bending during his testing. As a result, his M1-powered iPad Pro 12.9 unit did indeed end up in a virtually curved new form, but did still seem to remain functional. Therefore, it seems this new flagship Apple tablet may be more durable than its predecessors.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06-12 (Update: 2021-06-12)