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Whatever You Do, Don’t Bend Apple’s New iPad Pro

Whatever You Do, Don’t Bend Apple’s New iPad Pro

When Apple announced its new iPad Pro earlier this month, the company was quick to tout its power, its support for trackpads, and a compelling list o

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When Apple announced its new iPad Pro earlier this month, the company was quick to tout its power, its support for trackpads, and a compelling list of software features, thanks to iPadOS. But it didn’t say anything about how bendable the tablet apparently is.

In a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, EverythingApplePro put the new iPad Pro through a torture test. Needless to say, the results weren’t promising. When the video producer bent the device, the iPad Pro cracked. Worse yet, the bend didn’t require heavy force or additional equipment–only used human force.

Needless to say, that’s a problem for those who will be buying Apple’s new iPad Pro — especially considering many of them will be businesses that will want to use them as laptop replacements or mobile devices that workers can use while they’re in the field or working from home.

One of the benefits of mobile devices like tablets is that they can arm mobile workers with the tools they need to be more productive. But those mobile users are often on the go and need a rugged device. EverythingApplePro’s experiment suggests the iPad Pro might not get the job done.

That’s especially troubling considering the device’s price. The 11-inch model starts at $799 and the 12.9-inch version starts at $999. Prices quickly rise if you want to add in more storage or cellular connectivity for getting on the Internet using a cellular plan.

For companies buying dozens, if not hundreds, of iPad Pros, that can translate to a significant investment–even with a bulk purchasing agreement. And the last thing they’d want is a device that can be easily damaged.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Apple has dealt with a bendable devices problem. The 2018 iPad Pro was also somewhat flexible, making it easy to bend if you weren’t careful. Apple also found itself in the middle of a major controversy with the release of the iPhone 6, when its device easily bent. Apple reinforced the iPhone in subsequent versions, but it appears it may need to do the same with the iPad Pro.

As of this moment, Apple hasn’t said anything about the latest, bendable tablet. But if it becomes a problem among customers, expect to hear more about it.

Until then, don’t bend your new iPad Pro.

Published on: Mar 26, 2020

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

This article is from Inc.com

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