Sound the alarms, because we may be in another situation where Apple launches a new product and finds itself in some relatively warm water.
The potential good news here is that the water may only be lukewarm right now. However, the signs are all there that we may be on the brink of a major issue here soon. Earlier today we shared a video with you that shows the new iPad Pro going through a torture session/stress test, showing just how durable the new –and very expensive– tablet is. Turns out not very, and, in the end, the device bent very, very easily.
That wasn’t a great sign, and things aren’t getting better. As reported on Friday by MacRumors, based on reports sourced from the publication’s forums, it sounds like real world owners that aren’t putting their expensive tablet(s) through ridiculous stress tests are also finding out the devices are bending way too easily. Case in point, from a forums user by the name of “Bwrin1”, who shared a photo of their 12.9-inch iPad Pro sitting on a flat surface.
It may be an easy joke to make about the camera bump on the new iPad Pro, but that is definitely not what’s going on here. According to “Bwrin1”, the slight bend in the tablet came from a weekend trip, where the device was in and out of a backpack.
That’s not great!
There are other stories of a similar nature in the forums as well, which one has to hope is a very, very small situation and doesn’t explode into something much larger as we’ve seen in the past. Of course, this takes us back to the iPhone 6 and the “bendgate” fiasco that came from that handset. Apple eventually fixed that problem in subsequent hardware releases (phones can still bend, but not as easily as that variant did), but seeing it pop up again for a device in 2018 is pretty rough.
It’s hard to ignore the fact that Apple’s focus on thinning its devices probably has something to do with this. The new iPad Pro, for instance, is only 5.9mm thin. That’s pretty crazy to look at, and it’s certainly impressive in its own right, but when that may result in a super expensive tablet like this bending, even after just a weekend of general use? One has to wonder if it’s worth it.
If you picked up a new iPad Pro, have you noticed any bending?