iPad Bent iPad Air (what the...?)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iRock1, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. iRock1 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2011
    I've read several reports of iPad minis with bent bodies. Now I'm facing the same problem for the first time with my own iPad, though it's an iPad Air.

    I can assure you that I've done nothing wrong with the iPad in these less than 2 months of use. So I'm not completely sure what the cause is.

    I just discovered how bent the body is today, though I suspect it was a progressive problem due to the thin and light form factor and the hot weather (sometimes the iPad got kind of hot during normal use).

    Have you seen anything like this on an iPad Air? It looks really bad.
  2. PrayForDeath macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2012
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    And I don't know if you can assure anyone nothing was done by you. Where does the iPad go? Does it go with you in a book bag with other books? Do you let others use it when you're not around?

    It seems the form of the iPad Air is truly great but to get the form they sacrificed some durability. My iPad 1 and 3 travelled with me extensively in a laptop bag with a laptop. I would cram the bag full of crud and never had an issue. I don't suspect I would be able to get away with that now.
  4. seble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    Seeing as you've been around here for a little while, i'll assume you're probably not lying, but some pics would be good! And it's the first time I've heard of that happening!
  5. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    i didn't know the iPad Airbender was out already!

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  6. daddyd302 macrumors member


    Feb 2, 2012
    West Allis, WI
    Are you Sherlock Holmes??? I found your thread on Apple's site :)



    There is a video of someone with a bent ipad 4. I think you might be the first one with a bent air.
  7. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Apple is giving us what they think we all want and just like the iPhone 5 they are so thin they will bend. No way that it got a little warm and bent itself.

    Surprised more people have not reported the same.
  8. g0odfr1end102 macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2010
    Montreal, Canada
    Had the same issue, but on a 15" Retina MacBook Pro. It was a gigantic hassle to get replaced, as they were trying to make ME responsible for it–which wasn't the case.
    Don't know what Apple's policy is towards the iPad, and hope everything will turn out OK for you!
  9. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    They should just start using rubber cases instead of aluminum and bendable screens instead of glass. Apples starting to suck big time IMO.
  10. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Maybe if the owners stopped sitting on them:rolleyes:
  11. iRock1, Jan 29, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2014

    iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2011
    Ok, first the pictures.






    First of all, no, no one else uses my iPad. And it goes nowhere since it stays all the time at home. I keep it in a laptop bag (in the padded pocket) when I'm not using it.

    Well if I was lying there'd be no reason to be here posting this story.

    I don't know those cartoons. Didn't get the joke. :D

    Yeah. I posted it there too. :p

    Not saying that it got a little warm and bent itself. But consider that where I live the temperature might get high. Now, I guess that if the iPad got very hot after some regular use (as it happened several times) and I put it back on my bag–and if you consider the external temperature as well–maybe the iPad got excessively hot in there and ended up all blent.

    Sadly there's no official Apple Store in my country, so my only chance is to deal with resellers.

    Though if this was a documented problem, my luck could change.

    What did you do in order to convince Apple that it wasn't your fault? Maybe your experience could help me out somehow.

    Well, I'm not qualified to tell which materials should be used in their future devices. However, what I do know is that this SUPER thin and light enclosures are waaaay weaker than in the previous generations. It sounds obvious, but it's not when you give your device a normal used–and then you find the hard way that you can't, for instance, pack it together with some books in a bag.

    Of course. I sat on my iPad and then I made a big deal of it in many forums because I was bored. :D
  12. eggersj macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2008
    Man... That sucks iRock.

    I'm amazed that the glass didn't crack or pop out.

    It sucks there's no apple store in your country; they'd switch that out for sure!

    Good luck.... I hope it works out for you.
  13. ugcop macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
    They are thin and yes they will bend if a force is applied to them. Do most or a majority bend? Of course not and if Apple built it strong enough not to bend, it wouldn't be called an "air" and you wouldn't want to carry it around.

    If you get somebody to exchange it for you they will be doing it out of kindness not because there is a defect in yours or the way the air was designed.
  14. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    You had it for less than 2 months it is most likely you might have not know done it. Apple is not going to buy your true story because it was two months. :apple:
  15. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    There is another thread here from someone with the same issue. In fact the bend spot is identical.

    Find that thread and print it with pictures.

    He got his replaced by Apple at an Apple Store. And, the did not give him any hassle so I think they have seen this issue more than once
  16. Detrias macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2011
    The same exact thing happened to me with my iPad mini retina after like 2 weeks of usage. Called Apple about the problem, and described it to them. They had no problem in exchanging my iPad. Best of luck!
  17. jca24 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2010
    I saw your pictures. That iPad was either sat on or someone put a lot of pressure on it. That did not happen by heat of a defect!! No way!!! That iPad was damaged intentionally. Why would you spend $500 or more on something and not take care of it??

  18. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    Wow! That looks horrible. I'd go to an Apple Store right away and tell them what happened. I'm not exactly sure that they would believe you, but it's worth a try. That's the problem with going thinner, they're easier to bend somehow. Hopefully for the new iPads/iPhones coming up they won't go any thinner than they are now, and I don't even think they can.
  19. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

    Old Muley

    Jan 6, 2009
    Titletown USA
    Boy that really sucks! The air certainly is getting to a point thinness-wise, where I'd worry about this being a possibility. I carry mine back and forth to work in my briefcase every day, and I could easily see how this could happen. Heck, one time I was sitting on the sofa at home and when I got up, my iPad air slipped down between the cushions. My wife inadvertently sat on it, not realizing it was there. It survived without any damage, but it could easily have been.

    Having crushed various pairs of sunglasses and remote controls over the years, I can see how it could happen to an iPad.
  20. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    Ipad 2 should be my last Ipad or if Ipad 4 is still available somewhere. I much prefer the heavier but more sturdy thick glass that can take some abuse.
  21. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    You're making assumptions and You're wrong.
  22. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Wow, that's some serious bendage. I'm not sure there's anything you can do at this point though :(

    Obviously it did not bend itself and while you may not have intended it, and you were careful the fact remains its bent and Apple really won't do anything for user damaged iPads - at least under their warranty.
  23. harleymhs macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2009
    I AGREE! NO WAY! PERIOD! A blow torch to it maybe ... LOL
  24. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    I do not think the battery has enough power to have heated to the point where it bent the unit like your image shows. At most the battery might swell a little but it took external physical force to do that to your pad.

    Still worth taking to the Apple store as I have read where a geek felt sorry for the owner and replaced it anyway.
  25. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    It won't hurt I take it to apple. They might just see it's an iPad air and hand you a new one.

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