Test: New Ultra Thin iPad Pro Breaks with Little Pressure

We are all aware of Apple’s obsession with making their devices thinner and lighter. But there comes a point where taking so much girth out of a device makes it fragile. And according to a recent test, the new iPad Pro not only reached that point, but it can snap in two with shockingly very little pressure.

I doubt this tablet will ever end up in a back pocket, but it will be in backpacks, book bags, or laying around unnoticed on a sofa, bed or chair. And the iPad Pro doesn’t have any of the structural integrity. It’s as if Apple focused on making the thinnest iPad they could, without putting much thought into the structure. A tablet the size of a piece of paper, folds like a piece of paper. – Zack Nelson (JerryRig Everything), on YouTube

The whole idea behind the iPad, and its smaller cousin the iPhone, is that they are supposed to be mobile, and with mobility comes a certain amount of daily wear and tear. But the trend lately has been to make these mobile devices so thin, that they are starting to bend with very little pressure. This is more common with a mobile phone, since users tend to stick them in their pockets. But with the iPad Pro, even the slightest pressure in a backpack could render your tablet useless, according to Zack Nelson of Jerry Rig Everything on YouTube. And to prove his point, he broke a brand new 11″ iPad Pro, snapping it in two with just a little bit of pressure. Check out the video below:

The 11″ iPad Pro is just 5.9mm thick and weighs just over a pound. So it’s extremely light, and shockingly thin. So thin that not only the camera lens sticks out, but so do the power and volume control buttons. The thinner you make a device, who’s touted design feature is that it’s built out of recycled aluminum, the more flimsy it can become.

On top of that, dead center on each side of the iPad pro, there is a hole, filled with plastic. That’s because the Apple Pencil charges wirelessly, and the Qi wireless charging system cannot travel through metal. So right where the tablet is most likely to bend, it has a weak point.

Sure, the Apple Pencil 2 looks cool magnetically attached to the side of the iPad and charging, the end result is going to be that your tablet is more at risk for bending and fracture. Nelson was also able to snap that $129 Apple Pencil 2 easier than a #2 pencil. Moreover, there is a tiny microphone hole on the left side, compromising the structural integrity even more.

But the news gets even worse. Nelson discovered that the much touted super touch sapphire glass lens cover of the iPad Pro’s camera isn’t nearly scratch resistant as we are led to believe.  Nelson says that Apple says that the sapphire lens cover shouldn’t scratch until “level 8” of pressure, but his test found it scratched at level 6, just like regular glass. “It’s super annoying when Apple is bragging about premium materials, that don’t perform as they should,” Nelson concludes. “You would think Apple would be able to afford real sapphire.” And the liquid retina screen scratches just as easily.

Now to be fair, Nelson seriously abused the iPad on purpose, stress testing it to see just how much it can take. Not only that, he’s also suggesting people buy protective iPad accessories from the company that sponsors the video. So you have to take this test with a grain of salt.

But here’s the thing, independent filmmakers and other content creators are hard on their gear, and when you’re paying over $800 for a device, you’d like for it to last and not wilt with daily use. And you certainly don’t want to stress out over handling it like eggshells every time you use it.

So if you’re thinking of getting an iPad Pro, do yourself a favor, spend a little extra and swing for super rigid case like the rugged Otterbox Defender. It’s not cheap at $129, but it’ll probably be the best insurance policy you can get.

About James DeRuvo 606 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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