Apple’s iPad 10 was supposed to be the company’s low-cost offering that complements its lineup of tablets, but the company decided to increase its base price while offering customers some upgrades. Unfortunately, its build quality wasn’t prioritized in those upgrades, as shown in this YouTuber’s durability test video.
The iPad 10 sits in the middle, which is a common weakness in larger-screen tablets
With its starting price of $449 for the Wi-Fi-only model, you’d expect the iPad 10 to be more rugged thanks to its all-metal chassis, but Zach from JerryRigEverything proves most of us wrong. For some reason, he decided to run a durability test on the pink version of the 10.9-inch tablet, but color doesn’t matter when the materials used are the same.
The YouTuber takes the iPad 10 through its paces, running its scratch and burn tests, which it passes successfully. Since the panel’s screen uses IPS LCD technology, the pixels recover when the lighter’s torch is pushed away. However, the tablet does not recover under bending testing, and in the past, we’ve seen larger display products break off in the middle, which is where the structural weakness is.
One thing to note is that the iPad 10 breaks where the three contact points are located, which Apple put in place, so the tablet attaches to the company’s Magic Keyboard accessory. The opposite side, where the contact points are not located, showed more sturdiness when the device was bent forcefully, indicating that Apple may not have reinforced the area where the contact points are located, which is disappointing.
In a previous review report, many media outlets and YouTubers who got their hands on the iPad 10 complained about the exorbitant price, and now, customers may have another reason to steer clear of such a purchase. Perhaps Apple realized that at $449, not many people would be discouraged from buying it, which is why the company continues to sell the iPad 9 for $329 on its website, which is also compatible with the Magic Keyboard.
News source: JerryRigEverything