Thinner seems to be all the rage among Apple’s computing appliances these days. iPhones may well be much as they always were– thin slabs of glass, rounded corners, app icons– but they are thinner today. Mac notebooks? Thinner. iPads? Thinner. Thin has become a problem to solve.
It Blends & Bends
Way back when Apple decided to jump on the bigger is better bandwagon and introduced the iPhone 6 Plus, someone figured out the newly big and thin device could be bent (it had already been blended in a blender) easily by putting the gargantuan little beast into a tight jeans butt pocket.
Bendgate was born. Bendgate lives.
Apple’s new iPad Pro is thinner than thin. The little computer of power bends. That in and of itself isn’t news. Take any tablet or large smartphone or even a PC notebook (Mac or Windows; you choose), grab one side and then the other and, well, bend it. It bends. They all bend. iPad Pro just bends worse than others because Apple.
The headlines from a single YouTuber video tell the tale:
- Folds Like A Piece Of Paper – Mashable
- iPad Pro Seems To Bend Pretty Easily – The Verge
- Surprisingly Easy To Bend New iPad Pro – Inquirer
- Does iPad Pro Have A Bending Problem? – Macworld
- You Need To Be Gentle With Your Tablet – TechRadar
- iPad Pro Fails Bend Test – Gadgets360
- iPad Pro Can Be Bent In Half With Little Force – 9to5 Mac
- iPad Pro Is Absurdly Easy To Bend And Break In Half – Digg
- iPad Pro Sets New Low For Durability – TechSpot
And on and on it goes. All those headlines came from one YouTube video where a new iPad Pro, sans case, was grabbed by the ends and slowly bent in half. Ipso facto and alakazam– Apple has a problem with durability. Or, too much thin.
Did the video compare and contrast iPad Pro to, say a Google tablet? A Microsoft Surface? A Mac? Anything else? No. Why not? Because Apple. Hundreds of headlines cry out that Apple’s new iPad Pro is too thin and not durable, yet not one of those websites did a side-by-side comparison of anything else.
Is the iPad Pro too thin? Yes. How about iPhone Xs Max? Too thin? Yes. Everything is too thin. Battery life doesn’t last as long as we want because thin is in and long battery life and thin designs do not go hand in hand. Thin is OK, Apple, but some of us would appreciate more battery life.
Whether or not there is a durability problem with devices which are so thin is a different issue. If you use iPhone Xs– without a case– then you’re asking for troubles. Drop it. You’ll see the troubles. iPads are not much different; they’re more mobile and handheld than a Mac, but they’re also a supercomputer in your hand and deserve to be treated with a degree of respect and care. If you don’t care, go sans case. If you care, get a case and end Bendgate.
The headline I appreciated most came from Christian Zibreg:
It’s Time To Stop These Pointless Torture Tests
Indeed. But it won’t happen.
Humanity loves a good train wreck, even more so if the resulting wreck has anything to do with Apple. Does Apple have a problem with products that are too thin? Yes. I would prefer a little thicker, but with longer battery life.