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Apple dives deeper into the iPad Pro bending phenomenon

13 January 2019

Here, Cupertino also reiterated that it "allows for no more than 400 microns of deviation across the length of any side".

All that sounds great but what of those people who say the iPad Pro is arriving bent?

These precision manufacturing techniques and a rigorous inspection process ensure that these new iPad Pro models meet an even tighter specification for flatness than previous generations.

Apple goes on to suggest that because the new design features straight edges that any manufacturing deviations may be easier to spot with the naked eye than previous iPad designs, that featured curved edges.

Now the company has gone further, publishing a support page explaining the manufacturer and testing process of the iPad Pro, and explaining that the way the tablet is made is the reason some people see a bend. The new straight edges and the presence of the antenna splits may make subtle deviations in flatness more visible only from certain viewing angles that are imperceptible during normal use.

Apple has since confirmed that some iPad Pros are, in fact, shipping with a slight bend, but the company maintains that it's all a part of the manufacturing process and that users don't need to worry about the bend getting worse over time. No matter how many times Apple says its iPad is "strong, light, and durable", if it is bent, even if slightly, then it is bent.

As Gizmodo previously reported, this issue was particularly irksome in context of the fact that the iPad Pro's new enclosure was touted as revolutionary for its thinness.

The 2018 iPad Pro, the thinnest iPad yet, also bent under minor pressure in a stress test video from Jerry Rig Everything, fanning claims on the internet that Apple have another "bendgate" on its hands, a name first earned by the bend-prone iPhone 6 Plus in 2014.

A number of iPad Pro owners are complaining their tablets are bent. And, while Apple says there's a factory allowed variance of 400 microns, it's possible that some devices are slipping through the testing process.

However, these small deviations do not impact the performance of the device by any means, and Apple claims they do not affect the strength of the body. But it is imperceptible during normal use - and I use this iPad every day. A tolerance of 400 microns may sound like very precise workmanship, but people are noticing the problem nonetheless.

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

Apple dives deeper into the iPad Pro bending phenomenon