YouTube is packed to the rafters with amazing, unique, and highly informative video-based content that keeps millions of users coming back to the site on a daily basis. A quick search also reveals that it’s full of technology biased channels purchasing the latest consumer tech and subjecting it to an array of torturous events to see how well it can withstand physical abuse. Today, thanks to the recent release of Apple’s iPad Pro, the platform’s servers now play host to one more video of this nature thanks to TechRax‘s “iPad Pro Durability Drop Test” video.
It seems an entirely alien concept for many to immediately purchase a brand new, premium device of this nature on launch day with the intention of recording its immediate downfall and destruction. Most people would consider themselves extremely lucky and fortunate to be able to have the likes of the iPad Pro and iPhone 6s as soon as they become available. Still, we guess in some strange sense, the tests do prove a point and do give a fairly decent indication of what would happen if a consumer accidentally dropped the device from a good height.
The hardware in question was a 32GB, Wi-Fi only iPad Pro. The characteristics of the test, like many others that have come before it, involved a drop from approximately 4 feet in height with a focus on front and forward-facing tests. Basically, what if the machine hits the floor from 4 feet high? Will it destroy the display and perform any structural damage to the casing of the iPad? The video clearly demonstrates and answers those questions. The first part of the test actually demonstrates surprising results considering that no performance preventing damage was sustained when it landed fairly violently on the corner of the hardware.
The front-facing drop test was a little different. As you might expect, a battle between a 12.9-inch Retina display and the unforgiving nature of concrete was never going to end well for the iPad. The top most layer of the screen may have completely shattered on impact, but the multi-touch display still functioned perfectly meaning that there was actually no feature-prohibiting damage suffered. The hardware may still be functional, but we recommend that if you’ve been fortunate enough to get your hands on one of Apple’s new monolithic iPads, that you don’t purposely test its build quality by replicating this test.