Apple’s new iPad Pro might not be as durable as it looks

Judy Cobb
November 21, 2018

To finish things off, Nelson goes for his signature bend test, holding Apple iPad Pro (2018) horizontally and applying force in the middle with his thumbs.

As such, $699.99 can buy you a Core i5/8GB RAM/128GB SSD configuration of the Surface Pro 6 paired with a nice keyboard accessory right long as you don't have a problem picking the device up in a physical store near you. But when he proceeded to apply his bend test, the iPad Pro failed terribly as it was totaled after applying a little bit of pressure.

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One designer argues that using an iPad Pro will "blow away" nearly any computer at video rendering, and that the iPad is better than a computer because just seeing one app at a time is less distracting. Even when closed, the speaker holes and the USB-C connector are open. That is, of course, absolutely ridiculous but it does highlight the uphill struggle Apple will face when trying to convince people that the iPad Pro is a potential computer replacement. As you will see, the anodization is easy to scratch off, and the camera lenses are also easily destroyed.

As for just how rugged it leaves the tablet, the focus is more on everyday bumps than surviving a construction site or something more arduous. It provides moderate drop and shock protection, but its creator explicitly states that this case does nothing about liquids. Since then I've acquired a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and Apple's Smart Keyboard. However, a new video from JerryRigEverything shows how Apple has made a few structural compromises to make this super slim iPad and, well, you will want to make sure you do not apply any kind of pressure on this tablet. That's also something Apple does every year instead of straight discounts.

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