Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Apple Explains Why Bending Devices Are Perfectly Normal

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

Apple says its flatness specification "allows for no more than 400 microns of deviation across the length of any side", which is less than the thickness of four sheets of paper. The support page also explains that the antenna spits on the sides of the iPad Pro, which essentially offer optimum cellular performance, were manufactured through a high-temperature process, dubbed co-molding that bonds plastic to the aluminum surface.

A famous bend-tester finds that Apple's new tablet can be easily snapped in two.

According to the page, the new iPad design and antenna lines may make "subtle deviations in flatness" more perceptible to the naked eye.

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. After the plastic cools, the enclosure is finished with precision CNC machining operation.

A number of complaints came to light recently from iPad Pro owners who were unhappy to discover that their expensive Apple tablets were bent. If you're shopping for a 2017 iPad Pro you can pick from silver, space grey, gold and rose gold, which might be one reason why you would prefer the older model over the newer one. The product specifications dictate that the flatness of finished models can not deviate more than 400 microns.

Apple has also cited the new cooling process used in manufacturing as the cause of any slight bends.

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 has faced problems before with the iPhone 6 and iPod nano bending, as well as "antennagate" with the iPhone 4. And yeah, that doesn't sound like a lot, but then the iPad Pro is only 5.9mm thick, which suddenly makes it sound like a big deal again. But it is imperceptible during normal use - and I use this iPad every day.

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).

And while Apple originally said this is a feature, not a bug, the firm now returns with a more detailed explanation on what exactly happens and why such a "subtle deviation" (Apple's very own words) shouldn't be worrying.