Apple explains why some LTE iPad Pros might come bent

If the bend is less than the width of four sheets of paper it is

The company has now put up a support page that details the manufacturing process in making the iPad Pro in an effort to stop what could turn into yet another bendgate controversy.

Or to put it another way, Apple reckons that up to 0.4mm of bend is okay.

The new support page focused mainly on the Wi-Fi plus Cellular iPad Pro, which is the model reportedly affected the most by the alleged bending issues. Further, Apple notes that the perceived bend is only visible on account of the device's revamped form factor.

The strips are added using a process called "co-molding" where "plastic is injected into precisely milled channels in the aluminum enclosure where it bonds to micro-pores in the aluminum surface".

At the end of the manufacturing process, Apple allowed for no more than 400 microns of deviation across the length of any side. The new iPad's flat edges and antenna line might make slight bends more visible, the report said.

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Not surprisingly, Apple's support document echoes previous remarks made by Dan Riccio, Apple's Senior VP of hardware engineering. The company continued that the deviations were within specifications, and, more importantly, don't affect the device's functionality or strength.

First and foremost, Apple begins by emphasizing that the iPad Pro comes to be following a high-quality and high-precision manufacturing process that leaves little room for mistakes. "After the plastic cools, the entire enclosure is finished with a precision CNC machining operation, yielding a seamless integration of plastic and aluminum into a single, strong enclosure", it says.

If my inbox is anything to go by, there's one question about the new iPhone 6s that Apple hasn't answered satisfactorily - does it bend? The company completely ignores evidence to the contrary, however, such as the video by JerryRigEverything that showed a 2018 iPad Pro bending like a paperback book with minimal pressure. "Instead of the curved edges found on previous-generation iPad models, these new iPad Pro models feature a rectangular design with straight edges that efficiently packages the advanced technologies inside", it says.

Last September I wondered if an iPad - with iOS 11 and the Files app - might replace my MacBook.

Readers respond to Apple's five reasons why an iPad Pro can be your next computer. The newer 2018 Apple Pencil is a much more appealing proposition, with wireless magnetic charging and the way it just clips to the side of the iPad Pro rather than having to be plugged awkwardly into a port.

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