TOPIC: iPAD BENDGATE
Apple has said that the bending on the new iPad Pros is 'normal'.
The company has confirmed in a statement to The Verge, that some new iPad Pros will come shipped with a slight bend in the chassis. They are suggesting that this is a side effect of the manufacturing process and will not get worse over time or affect the iPad's performance.
Apple says that this bend is the result of a cooling process with the metal and plastic in the iPad. They are saying that the device can bend slightly whilst being shipped.
This has come after reports first emerged from the MacRumors forums claiming that their iPad Pros have developed small curves or bends without any stress or force. Some are also saying it came with a bend in the first place.
According to Chris Welch, author of the orginal article, his first iPad Pro starting bending after just two weeks. He claims that "Apple asked if I would send it their way so the engineering team could take a look" and he got a replacement. Welch goes on to say that his replacement came with a bend in the box.
Apple has confirmed to The Verge that some of its 2018 iPad Pros are shipping with a very slight bend in the aluminum chassis. But according to the company, this is a side effect of the device’s manufacturing process and shouldn’t worsen over time or negatively affect the flagship iPad’s performance in any practical way. Apple does not consider it to be a defect.
The bend is more apparent on the LTE models as the antenna lines divides two sections of metal that some have spotted a bend. However, users of the WiFi iPad Pro are also claiming they have bends.
This "Bendgate 2.0" first arose after a video from JerryRigEverything, YouTube, showed him bending an iPad Pro without any force at all. It showed that the iPad could simply bend by just being squashed in a backpack, for example.
If you are unhappy with your iPad Pro's chassis you should report it to an Apple Store and take it back for repair (within the 14-day window). Apple have yet to make an official website statement for a recall, but they made do so soon. Apple have also said they haven't seen a higher than normal rate of return for the new iPad.
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