Apple executive says bent iPad Pro units still meet company standards

Apple confirms some people's suspicions that the new 2018 iPads can bend

The Chinese Business Times also reports that Apple will turn to Korea's BOE to produce some of its iPad display panels instead of Japanese suppliers, in an effort to cut costs.

Reports from inside the Apple supply chain suggest that a new 10-inch iPad and a revival of the iPad Mini are scheduled for 2019. Now an email allegedly from Apple's VP of hardware engineering Dan Riccio has surfaced claiming the design "meets or exceeds" the company's standards.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad Pro during an Apple launch event in the Brooklyn borough of NY, U.S., October 30, 2018. We've carefully engineered it and every part of the manufacturing process is precisely measured and controlled.

"Relative to the issue you referenced regarding the new iPad Pro, its unibody design meets or exceeds all of Apple's high quality standards of design and precision manufacturing". And it affects both sizes of device: 12.9 and 11 inches. Apple's specs call for a flatness of up to 400 microns which Riccio says "is even tighter than previous generations". Basically, Apple is saying the iPad Pro has less than one millimeter of variance allowed for the flatness of the device, and that level shouldn't change over the course of the lifetime of the product.

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Now here's the thing: if we were to believe Riccio and Apple's claims, the bent on the new iPad Pro could be visible because of the sharp edges and thinner design compared to previous generations. There's simply not enough demand for the tablet that Apple will consider refreshing it with updated internals.

The current iPad Mini 4 was originally introduced in 2015, and after nearly three full years without a meaningful update, earlier this year I wrote that it might be time to give up hope about ever getting a new one.

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

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