Monday, 25 March, 2019

Apple exec puts a number on what's acceptable for bendy iPads

None of the Cult of Mac iPad Pro units came bent None of the Cult of Mac iPad Pro units came bent
Troy Mann | 22 December, 2018, 23:48

Apple says the tolerance for flatness is tighter on the new iPad Pro than ever before, and if that's true, the only reason these slight bents are visible to the naked eye could be because of the sharp edges and/or thinner design.

Overall, the new iPads really do blur the line between devices - and for the majority of users, there really is no reason to buy a traditional laptop over the iPad, particularly as Apple has even improved it's already great keyboard case, adding protection for the back of the device.

On Thursday, I wrote about a flaw in Apple's 2018 iPad Pro design.

Apple's general thinning down of the design does mean the new iPad feels very different, and much more like the sheet of glass Apple wants it to be than in previous incarnations.

Of course, the many pro-Apple sites out there aren't getting angry at it (not surprising) and even The Verge says "the fuss is over nothing".

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There will be plenty of new iPad Pro tablets under the Christmas tree this year, and now Apple has confirmed that the reports of the odd warping issue on some of the iPad Pros is indeed real.

Riccio went on to prove his point on the email, stating that the company's current specification for the iPad Pro's flatness is up to 400 microns, 0.4 millimetres. And Apple continues to claim that's not a defect.

Apple earlier this week confirmed that some iPad Pros will exhibit a slight bend, while also emphasizing that the bend is simply a normal part of the manufacturing process and that it will not get worse with time.

The other 2019 iPad will reportedly have a screen larger than 10 inches, but it'll be cheaper than either of the 2018 iPad Pro models (which were 11 inches and 12.9 inches).

There's apparently a chance for a new iPad Mini next year.

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