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iPad Pro M1 12.9-inch scratch, burn and bend test show better results than all previous iPads

Even with the large 12.9-inch display, iPad Pro M1 outranks all previous builds of iPad in terms of strength.

UPDATED: June 11, 2021 16:09 IST

Apple launched its latest line of iPads amid much excitement among its fans earlier this year. The major reason was the debut of Apple’s M1 chipset on the iPad for the first time. Though as it turns out, the performance upgrade is not the only element the new iPad Pro 2021 has improved upon.

In a recent physical durability test, the new iPad Pro M1 has outdone all previous generations of iPads. It was found that the new iPad survives bends, scratches and burn better than any of its past iterations.

The test results have been shown in a new YouTube video by JerryRigEverything. The video shows host Zack performs a scratch, burn and bend test on the 12.9-inch model of the iPad Pro that features the M1 chipset. The test was also particularly interesting to see how the new mini-LED screens on the iPad Pro performs against burns.

Starting with the scratch test, the iPad Pro 2021 fared well against scratches on its display, with the scratches being visible at level 6 on the Mohs hardness scale and having deeper grooves at level 7. This is much like how most cellphones perform under the scratch test.

The metallic frame is made of 100 per cent recycled Aluminium scrapes easily. So do the individual physical buttons, including volume rockers and power button. However, the front-facing camera at the top of the display resists scratches.

Zack then performs a burn test on the display of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro M1. The mini-LED display is, in fact, an upgrade to the LCD technology but works mostly similar to it. It performs just like an LCD under the burn test too. The display blackens under direct flame after around 17 seconds, then turns back to normal when the heat is removed.

iPads have had a bad history when it comes to bending tests. The size, metal build and the centrally aligned components inside do not usually make a very good combination to handle stress. Surprisingly, the new iPad Pro 2021 breaks this curse.

Zack performed a stress test on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro M1 by bending it from both ends. While iPads generally snap in half in a single round of stress, the new iPad Pro is able to survive it. It bends considerably but is still functional and does not break at any point.

The device maintained its structural integrity through all three rounds of bending. This is possibly the first time an iPad has fared this well in a stress test of this kind. The thing to note is that this was the 12.9-inch model being tests, which is notably larger than all previous generations of iPad. The fact that it still retains its structural strength better than its previous generations shows Apple has made an impressive improvement on the built of its beloved offering.

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