Blog 11: September 19, 2020 at 07:30 pm By OTTO
Apple’s been claiming this new Second Generation iPad Pro, makes for a good laptop when paired, with the Magic Keyboard.
The Magic Keyboard is the little keyboard case combo thing that, allows the iPad to be magically suspended in midair while you’re typing – kind of interesting.
Today, we’re going to see how durable each of these are together,
Let’s get started:
The iPad Pro starts at $800 and the keyboard, itself costs about $300!
So we’re definitely already in the laptop price range, Not a whole lot has changed since the 2018 version of the iPad Pro.
When compared to the First Generation, there is one additional camera lens on theback, but other than that, these two tablets are exactly the same.
Same dimensions andsame thickness, And same microphone hole location\non the side, This new Second Generation tablet is three\ngrams heavier though.
Three grams is about the weight equivalent of an American penny…which doesn’t give me a whole lot of hope that the iPad will survive this time around either.
The First Generation iPad cracked along the microphone hole in the side., And Apple, well didn’t move that microphone hole in the new version, It’s still there, exactly in the center.
The Apple pencil docking station was another weak point, which is also still in the exact same location. You know what they say about people who don’t learn from their mistakes though.
They’ll probably still be wearing a red hat this November, Inside the box we get our USB-C cord and our 18 watt charger. Pretty standard. Taking a closer look at the Magic case, it’s actually a rather impressive piece of technology.
Magnets, which are definitely magical as far as I’m concerned, hold the iPad in place very securely.
And then the dock itself holds the iPad upright\nas if it were floating on air. I’m impressed.
The individual keys are made from plastic, which is good since they’ll be touching the display every time the case closes.
The softer we get on Mohs scale means the less wear and tear we’ll have on the glass screen.
The palm rests have more of a rubber coating, and the trackpad is unscratched.
Speaking of the Mohs scale of hardness, let’s take a closer look at the screen.
The top surface is incredibly thin. You can see the display underneath distort a little bit as, I press down with my tools.
The test, A plastic screen would scratch at a level 2 or 3. Glass would scratch at a 5 or 6, And sapphire should start scratching at a level 8 or 9, And judging by the scratches i see at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7, the 11 inch iPad Pro screen is made from glass…thin glass, but still glass.
There is a 7 megapixel front facing selfie camera also protected under that same slab, Making our way to the right side of the tablet.
The whole thing is made from aluminum, except for the plastic docking station for the Apple pencil. The plastic allows the pencil to charge, and the built-in magnets on the side are what hold the Apple pencil in place.
Down at the bottom of the iPad we have more metal, along with the dual bottom speakers and USB-C charging port.
The left side is empty, except for the fatal microphone hole just chilling there like the exhaust port on the Death Star.
The top has two more speaker slots, two microphones, and a metal power button. All of the buttons on the iPad Pro are made from metal. The little golden circles on the back are for transmitting power and information between the dock attachments.
The cameras over here on the back are rather interesting. There are two main cameras this time around: a 12 megapixel normal camera, and a 10 megapixel ultra wide camera, joined off to the side with a 3D lidar depth sensing camera.
Apple is still yet again claiming, to use sapphire on their camera lenses, but\nas we can see there is still damage at level 6, 7, and 8, where pure sapphire would not incur these grievances until levels 8 or 9!
Apple does like to call this a laptop replacement…even though not all apps can multitask.
And the mobile file management is rather underwhelming. It does now allow for third party mouse and keyboards to connect though, which is a step\nin the right direction, and pretty cool.
Anyway, I think the iPad is pretty great for drawing stuff, Some people might not appreciate fine art like we do though. And these some people might want to protect against scratches, or hide scratches altogether.
The nice thing about my Teardown Skin is that you can protect the outside of the iPad Pro with what’s on the inside.
This is an exact representation of the iPad’s internals, …like the no-bend test warning here on the battery, which I’ll be disregarding in just a minute.
It’s also got the a12z processor location and the 4 speaker audio system.
And it even still works with the Magic Keyboard.
Now the screen of the iPad Pro is the exact same as the one from two years ago. A massive 11 inch 1668×2388 pixel display, with a 120\nhertz refresh rate.
After 11 seconds the IPS LCD that Apple calls “liquid » retina” goes black, but does eventually recover.
We’ll start by bending the Second Generation iPad Pro inside the Magic Keyboard case just to see what kind of structural protection it offers.
This case weighs twice as much as the iPad itself, tripling the iPad’s overall weight when it’s attached. And it already feels more sturdy.
When bending from the back and the front, the iPad inside its Magic case is solid and very well protected in a cocoon of comfort. Speaking of cocoons, which are magical all by themselves, I want to see what the Magic inside the Magic case looks like.
The exterior is much more difficult to peel away. Apple’s glue is pretty intense. I guess! but I can peel back the leathery feeling folio cover to reveal a bunch of white plastic.
I could always just buy one of MKBHD’s cool little green magnet paper things, but finding the magnets manually is a bit more exciting.
It’s interesting to see that the magnets in the case are actually tiny little squares\ninstead of one big magnet.
They are all laid out in the four corners of the case and all work together to hold the iPad in place. Kind of cool.
The keys on the keyboard are made from scissor switches and do have travel and click to them. No complaints here.
But what happens when the 2020 iPad Pro is removed from its protective case? Can it withstand a backpack, or maybe someone accidentally sitting on it?
Even our swooping eagle probably can’t protect the iPad from its own little microphone hole.
It really is in the worst spot. The design flaw is still a design flaw, With just one bend, the iPad Pro Second Generation also snaps in half just like the first one.
Probably because Apple changed nothing. To be fair though, the iPad Pro does cost less than an iPhone with 4x the real estate. So durability just probably isn’t one of Apple’s main focuses with this thing.
At least now we know it is fragile though, and we can take the necessary steps to protect it. no!
The liquid crystals are going nuts inside of the screen as I flex it back. It looks pretty cool. The aluminum of the iPad is soft and wavy. It’s interesting that this time around the microphone hole poured open as expected, but the Apple pencil dock remained intact.
Let’s pop off the psychedelic screen and even when it’s completely removed, the iPad is still going nuts.
We can see the battery pouches and the speakers just like they were laid out with the Teardown Skin.
When compared to other Apple products, I feel like the iPad Pro is pretty fairly priced.
I had hoped that they would make it more durable this time around, but inexpensive cases do exist, and in this particular instance I would highly recommend getting one.
Not necessarily the $300 Magic case, but it is nice to know that the Magic can’t hold its own.
Do you think it’s important for the iPad Pro to be durable? Let me know down in the comments.