Apple’s 10th generation iPad catastrophically failed durability test

In case you need one more reason to reject Apple’s latest “regular” iPad and instead try saving up for the slightly older 5th generation iPad Air or a state-of-the-art iPad Pro (which it is the 2022 or 2021 edition), your favorite gadget shredder is back, absolutely smashing the all-new 10.9-inch on video with little to no effort.

There’s really no need to dither over what could prove to be a major problem for iPad (2022) owners in the long run – it’s a faulty elementary device that’s likely to break beyond from the point of no fix if you’re used to putting your smartphones or tablets in the back pocket (literally) and tend to forget what’s in there sometimes.

The good news is that the type of abuse that Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything routinely presents to the protagonists of his videos isn’t always associated with “normal” day-to-day use. In other words, chances are your “classic” iPad 10 will be just fine if you remember not to sit on it and just watch movies, browse, game, doodle, and do whatever else you normally do with a tablet this size.

On the other hand, it shouldn’t be so easy to smash a $600+ gadget released in 2022 with your bare hands, especially when things are so drastically different for some of its (admittedly more expensive) competitors.

complicated problems

All the problematic issues of the new iPad seem to be related to the Smart Connector, whose three small magnetic points are awkwardly placed in the middle of one of the sides of the slate rather than at the back. This is probably the main reason why the iPad Pro (2021) equipped with Apple’s M1 withstood an analog durability test, being flexible, but not breaking under the physical pressure of Zack Nelson.

The shocking fragility of the 10th generation iPad made it easy to pull off a quick teardown in a reported 10 minutes, also revealing one of the design strengths of the 10.9-inch device.

At first glance, this device seems pretty easy to fix (for someone who’s done this sort of thing before), although, oddly enough, the interior of the Apple A14 Bionic-based iPad (2022) looks also reveals a lot of empty space that could be used to include more than two speakers.

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