iPad Pro Dropped and ...

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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...
 

KPOM

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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.
 
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MH01

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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
 

Pakaku

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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.
 
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Not-A-Fan

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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.
 

draughn101

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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.
 

AdonisSMU

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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...
Some poor starbuck-s customer just spent a grand....replacing what they broke.
 
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mkitchen

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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.
 
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jpkinfla

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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
 

artfossil

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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.
Peace of mind + $49 repair cost (2 accidents) + Express Replacement = a good thing for this clumsy, stressed person
 

DotCom2

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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.
 

AbSoluTc

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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...
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.


 

ZombiePete

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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.
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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