iPad Pro Dropped and ...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by maxsix, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    At Starbucks today with a colleague, working on our new MacBooks. A guy and his friend come in, both with iPad Pro's.

    They sit down put the iPads on the table in a slanted vertical position. They looked huge.

    Moments later my peripheral vision sees one tumble off the table onto the _carpeted_ floor, a sickening sound of aluminum and glass breaking up.

    What a terrible accident, less than a four ft drop onto a high grade padded carpet, smashed the entire display.

    It's very fragile.

    I've had my iPad Air 2 knocked off the table in that same Starbucks by a careless guy turning around with his laptop case sticking out. Not a mark on my iPad.

    Oh well...
  2. Mystro macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2011
    Can't really draw any conclusion with one incident if its any more fragile or not. Too many factors in the fall itself.
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Hopefully he had AppleCare+. There are a lot of variables. I dropped my iPad mini more times than I cared to admit onto a hardwood floor without a scratch. Then one time it bounced off a wall while I was unplugging it and the screen shattered.
  4. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    It's not necessarily that it's fragile, maybe he just was very unlucky. It's a bit sad though.
  5. mi7chy macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2014
    That flimsy keyboard cover is an accident waiting to happen. iPP should've had a stable kickstand like the Surface Pro 3 or 4.
  6. maclook macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
  7. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Be a while before they show off their new apple gear in a Starbucks again .

    Given its size , I can see the pro being more prone to damage when dropped, the screen that is
  8. daveak, Nov 15, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2015

    daveak macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2009
    Durham, UK
    Mine has taken a 2 1/2' drop off onto a carpeted floor. No damage, otherwise you might have heard my scream, no matter where you are. That guy was unlucky, the same way you, and I were lucky.
  9. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    Thin glass covering a wider surface area is probably going to be more shatter-prone than a smaller, lighter tablet. But I still don't think that's any reason to be extremely worried.
  10. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Heavier weight of the iPP automatically means a greater impact force when dropped. I don't think it is more fragile.
  11. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
  12. Not-A-Fan macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2015
    As much as I think the Maxipad is a stupid device, a drop of a single device is nothing but anecdotal.

    I dropped my iPhone 5 a hundred times without anything happening, on concrete ground, all is well.
    A friend of mine dropped his once, shattered screen.
  13. draughn101 macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    There's videos on YouTube of drop tests on concrete and it doesn't look very fragile. Dropped in from 3 feet twice and it didn't crack the screen, just a dent.
  14. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
  15. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Some poor starbuck-s customer just spent a grand....replacing what they broke.
  16. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    ... the screen cracked allowing a family of unicorns to escape.
  17. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Meh. It's a large piece of glass. It's obvious that it has higher risk of damage when dropped.
  18. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    I can't say I'm shocked it broke. It's a huge piece of glass and that could be why an oow replacement is $600.
  19. mkitchen macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2008
    I didn't buy Apple Care so this is really selling me on it. I've actually never bought apple care and never wished I have over the span of owning 5 different iPhones, 2 iMacs, 3 iPads, and 4 MacBooks. But for $99, it probably is a good buy... Just after buying the 128gb Pro, a keyboard cover, pencil, and back case, I had to draw the line somewhere. I would hate to bump that line to 1500... But I guess peace of mind might be worth it in this case.
  20. jpkinfla macrumors member


    Jul 15, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    I find that dropping an iPad or iPhone doesn't mean it will break, it depends on how it lands... it can land that certain special way, and that will make it break. And its always horrifying to see it break, no matter what kind of device it is.. iPad or any other electronic device... insurance, or not... :p
  21. artfossil macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2015
    Peace of mind + $49 repair cost (2 accidents) + Express Replacement = a good thing for this clumsy, stressed person
  22. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
  23. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    It's the place of impact that causes all the damage not necessarily the weakness of the item.
    My daughter broke her brand new iPhone 6s+ when she dropped it on a tough mat at a library and shattered the whole screen. Yet I've dropped my phone several times and not a scratch.
    Her phone and his iPad must have hit right in the weakest spot. Probably at an angle right in the corner taking all the brut force. It happens.
  24. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    I am going to play devils advocate and call shenanigans on your story. I will point a few details as to why I think it's bogus.

    1 - Your start of your post with "At Starbucks today with a colleague, working on our new MacBooks." - what does that have to do with anything?

    2 - I have been to over 50 Starbucks in my life. Not one of them has ever had carpet. Ever. For a place that serves beverages and food that are prone to spilling, dropping and the like, carpet is the LAST thing you want for a floor. They are always wood/tile.

    3 - "sickening sound of aluminum and glass breaking" - Aluminum doesn't "break". unless a decent amount of force is applied. That wouldn't come from a drop.

    The IPP is not easy to break and is pretty sturdy. The larger glass surfaces allows it to absorb impact much better since it flexes a bit more. Watch the videos below that pretty much show the exact OPPOSITE of what you're saying here.

  25. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Yeah, I was going to point out the same thing; not only have I personally never seen one with carpet, they certainly don't have "high grade padded carpet", as padding would absorb spilled liquids and become musty/moldy in a fairly short amount of time. If they had carpet at all, it would be industrial carpeting that's easy to clean and laid down over sealed concrete so liquids can't absorb and start to stink the place up.

    EDIT: omg that second drop video is making me cringe like crazy. lol

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