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"This flatness specification allows for no more than 400 microns of deviation across the length of any side - less than the thickness of four sheets of paper", Apple said in a statement.
All that sounds great but what of those people who say the iPad Pro is arriving bent?
The page states that the LTE models were manufactured using a process called co-molding. In terms of performance and features, it probably isn't - remember tablets from both years run iOS 12 and all the same apps - but if you really like the new design or the new Apple Pencil and keyboard accessories, you might consider splashing out.
In a newly released support note Apple explains how the iPad Pro is made, using a process called "co-molding" where plastic is injected into gaps between the aluminium components.
The new design of the iPad Pro and the manufacturing method might make any bend in the frame more visible to the naked eye from certain angles.
After a series of reports and rumours, Apple has acknowledged that a certain percentage of the new iPad Pros are shipping with a small structural bend in the chassis. After the plastic cools, the tablets are then machined to create a seamless integration between the aluminum and plastic.
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 TAKEN the unusual step of creating a page on its website all about its slightly bent iPad Pros, and why we should embrace their little imperfections. And, while Apple says there's a factory allowed variance of 400 microns, it's possible that some devices are slipping through the testing process. Note, these slight variations do not affect the function of the device in any way. The new USB-C port on the 2018 iPad Pros can mirror the display to a compatible keyboard and read photos from a memory card, but you can't plug any USB-C device in there (external hard drives won't work).
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?
This is the most powerful iPad Pro with A10X Fusion Chip, Touch ID, Retina Display, True Tone, 4 Speakers and offers 10 hours of battery life. But it is imperceptible during normal use - and I use this iPad every day.
The article again reiterates that there may be a bend, but that it will be within a 400 micron tolerance.
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