In context: Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro is being hailed as the best tablet ever made by the company, with its M1 chip and Liquid Retina XDR display with mini-LED technology. But has that made it less durable? Testing found that despite updates, the latest and greatest iPad Pro is sturdier than its predecessors, although you need to be careful not to bend it.
Zack Nelson from JerryRigAll ran its usual physical stress tests on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 M1 that Apple recently unveiled. It begins with a scratch test that reveals that the screen begins to show marks at level 6, followed by deeper grooves at level seven, similar to what you would see with most phones.
One might hope that holding a flame on the iPad Pro screen would be a recipe for disaster, but while the areas turn black after about 17 seconds, they recover quickly and the iPad works normally.
Finally, there is the flex test. The latest iPad is half a millimeter thicker this year, helping to prevent it from splitting in half in the same way that its predecessors did during the same experiment. The tablet retains this angle of curvature, although it still works normally. You can even fold it closer to its usual shape without destroying the device, it’s just a lot more wrinkled.
Nelson praises Apple for improving the durability of the latest iPad Pro. Knowing that it’s not that easy to break or damage is comforting for a device priced at $ 1,099 (Wi-Fi only) and $ 1,299 (cellular). Still, try not to sit on it.