When the 2018 iPad Pro underwent a bend test, it folded “like a piece of paper”, which was not surprising given its aluminum frame. Many expected Apple to make some changes for its 2020 iPad Pro to strengthen the tablet and the latest bend test reveals nothing has changed.
The 2020 iPad Pro bend test by EverythingApplePro saw the 11-inch version bend “like butter”, with the channel saying it was “too easy” and warning views they “absolutely need a case” as the device is “so easy to bend.”
The channel was able to bend the iPad Pro at pretty much all areas of the device, concluding “Apple has has not made this any more durable whatsoever.” After destroying the iPad Pro, the channel proceeded to teardown the tablet and reveal its internals.
The quick iPad Pro teardown revealed what appeared to be an identical display compared to the 2018 model, but also a slightly smaller battery now at 7,540 mAh, versus 7,812 in the 2018 11-inch iPad Pro.
Speakers look to be the same, while now only a thermal sticker resides over the logic board. A first look at the A12Z chip shows a similar look to the A12X, but this time only an Apple logo adorns the CPU. The A12Z has 8 GPU cores versus 7 in the older A12X.
The channel says structurally, the 2020 iPad Pro looks the same with cut patterns matching the 2018 design, and magnet placements in the same spots. The tablet looks easier to repair although some proprietary screws are around the camera lens module, which houses the new LiDAR sensor.
“Treat iPad with care,” recommends EverythingApplePro. If you’re putting your iPad Pro in your backpack or some other bag with other heavy materials, be warned it may be susceptible to bending if enough force is applied.