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Old Nov 15, 2012, 05:32 PM   #1
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Thumbs up iPad's certified for altitudes well above Apple's 10,000ft.

Testing by Jeppesen has cleared the iPad 4 and mini for use up to 51,000ft

This is NOT 51,000 ft inside a pressurized airplane, this is
SUDDEN DECOMPRESSION from atmospheric pressures of 0 to 8000 ft (simulated cabin pressure) to 51,000ft in less then 1/2 a second!!
Any air inside the iPad's will be violently expelled when it suddenly has about 1/7 of the outside pressure on it, and suffer instant condensation inside and outside the device.
Finally the ingress of more humid air is forced in as the pressure returns to sea level.

Arguably this test is much more through and demanding then drop tests and dunk tests.

Apple quotes for its alt as:
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Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
More details on earlier tests (iPad 2), and a report of said test report.

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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Impressive, but I was hoping for a drop test from 51,000 feet.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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I will not be impressed until the iPad survives re-entry from a near earth orbit.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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Not that worried about it. The chance of actually encountering a sudden decompression is near zero.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 08:56 AM   #5
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Not that worried about it. The chance of actually encountering a sudden decompression is near zero.
But wouldn't you be happy to know you iPad will work fine if it does happen?

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I will not be impressed until the iPad survives re-entry from a near earth orbit.

Call Felix Baumgartner, he can make it happen!
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 09:05 AM   #6
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Not that worried about it. The chance of actually encountering a sudden decompression is near zero.
They have to worry about it. On some airplanes, the iPad is replacing some paper documents like checklists and plane manuals. They want pilots to have access to those, especially in the event of a decompression.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 09:06 AM   #7
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Cool to know, although if it did happen I think the last thing on my mind would be my ipad!

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They have to worry about it. On some airplanes, the iPad is replacing some paper documents like checklists and plane manuals. They want pilots to have access to those, especially in the event of a decompression.
Ok, unless I was the pilot then lol
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 10:12 AM   #8
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I can see where this might be useful...
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 11:52 AM   #9
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Yeah, I would think sudden decompression at 51,000 feet would move the iPad down your "List of Worries" pretty far. Things on that list ahead of "is my iPad working" are, for example: "is my blood boiling yet?"
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 07:11 PM   #10
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They have to worry about it. On some airplanes, the iPad is replacing some paper documents like checklists and plane manuals. They want pilots to have access to those, especially in the event of a decompression.
That's actually a good point. Just not something I have to worry about!
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 10:55 PM   #11
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Rumor is the Nexus tables came apart in test.
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