Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Apple Explains Why 2018 iPad Pro Bending May Happen in Greater Detail

Bent iPads: Apple says you are looking at it wrong Apple Details 2018 iPad Pro ‘Co-Molding’ Enclosure Manufacturing Process
Sandy Mccarthy | 13 January, 2019, 21:16

A number of iPad Pro owners are complaining their tablets are bent.

Or to put it another way, Apple reckons that up to 0.4mm of bend is okay.

As if the weak demand for iPhones and the legal trouble that Apple has to deal with weren't enough for the Cupertino tech-based giant, it has recently emerged that the new iPad Pro could bend easily under small pressure. Apple's Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio, also attempted to sweep the problem under the proverbial rug by claiming that the iPad Pro meets or exceeds all of the company's high quality standards. Further, Apple notes that the perceived bend is only visible on account of the device's revamped form factor. "For the first time ever on an iPad, these bands are manufactured using a process called co-molding", Apple says. "The 400 micron variance is less than half a millimeter (or the width of fewer than four sheets of paper at most) and this level of flatness won't change during normal use over the lifetime of the product".

According to the page, the new iPad design and antenna lines may make "subtle deviations in flatness" more perceptible to the naked eye. The company wants customers to know that this amount of deviation is perfectly normal and does not compromise the strength or durability of the tablet, and the company encourages customers that feel their tablet has bent more than is acceptable to either return the tablet or send it in under warranty.

APPLE HAS TAKEN the unusual step of creating a page on its website all about its slightly bent iPad Pros, and why we should embrace their little imperfections. After the plastic cools, the enclosure is finished with precision CNC machining operation.

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If my inbox is anything to go by, there's one question about the new iPhone 6s that Apple hasn't answered satisfactorily - does it bend?

When it comes to specs, as you would expect, the newer 2018 iPad Pros have the faster A12X Bionic chip with a built-in neural engine for AI-assisted calculations (think augmented reality and voice detection). The new USB-C port on the 2018 iPad Pros can mirror the display to a compatible keyboard and read photos from a memory card, but you can't plug any USB-C device in there (external hard drives won't work).

Last September I wondered if an iPad - with iOS 11 and the Files app - might replace my MacBook.

What the heck is 400 microns?

Apple gives its iPads and its MacBook Air a makeover in a bid to get you to take them more seriously.

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