iPad Does the iPad 2 has internal drop protection?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Thor774, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Thor774 macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2007
    I am wondering, does the iPad 2 offer some kind of internal protection against damages produced by drops?

    Apple portables like the Macbook Pro have offered anti-shock protections agains drops for some years already but I don't know if the iPad has something similar.

    My iPad is protected by a plastic back case and a smartcover. I accidentally dropped it yesterday to concrete floor, it landed flat on the back case but it did not want to turn on again after this. This morning I executed a cold reset on it holding the power and home buttons and luckily it came back to life. The case was shattered on the drop bur the device appears to be working ok.

    Would be nice if someone knows about this.

  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    As far as I know there are no moving parts in an iPad, unlike a laptop that has a harddrive. So, I doubt there would be any internal drop protection. You might want to find a website that does a teardown of the iPad and see what they have to say.
  3. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    The drop protection in the laptops if for the hard drive, as ucfgrad said. It protects nothing else. This is because the hard drive moves. There are no moving parts in your iPad, so there's nothing to protect, so the mechanism is not there.
  4. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Likely not. There is some inherent 'protection' perhaps due to the lack of moving parts. Then again even non moving parts can be snapped etc. so the best protection is to not drop it.
  5. Mic'sBook macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2010
    Hong Kong
    I think the mechanism for anti-shock protections agains drops you're referring to is 'Sudden Motion Sensor'.

    This sensor has been used since 2005 on the PowerBook, iBook and Intel-based MacBook/MacBook Air/MacBook Pro:

    (except the MacBook Air from 2010 onwards and MacBook Pro with Retina display because they use SSDs (no moving parts) instead of traditional hard disks)

    For all flash memory-based products like the iPhone and iPad, there are no such sensors.
  6. TheIguana macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2004
    It's just a solid state accelerometer... all iOS devices have one, but its used to determine position in space not protect the devices components in the case of a fall (there is nothing it could do - barring the iPad having micro-thrusters...).
  7. Mic'sBook macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2010
    Hong Kong
    Thanks for your correction. Yes, the sudden motion sensor is basically an accelerometer to sense whether the device is in falling state or not. If it senses the device is falling, it tells the hard disk to park the magnetic head in an effort not to cause a 'head crash'. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_crash)


    By the way, there's an Apple patent concerning drop protection mechanism:


    Maybe in the future our Apple devices would land like cats if we dropped them. :p
  8. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    i suggest you get a better case for your Ipad.

    Smart cover and plastic back will protect nothing.

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