Apple didn’t say that the iPad bending was normal
Multiple sites and readers have reached out to Apple in response to the iPad bending issue. And Dan Riccio, Apple’s Senior VP of hardware engineering, essentially shot down the slant Verge used in their article. From [BGR’s article:](https://bgr.com/2018/12/21/ipad-pro-bend-normal-apple-says/)
> Relative to the issue you referenced regarding the new iPad Pro, its unibody design meets or exceeds all of Apple’s high quality standards of design and precision manufacturing. We’ve carefully engineered it and every part of the manufacturing process is precisely measured and controlled.
> Our current specification for iPad Pro flatness is up to 400 microns which is even tighter than previous generations. This 400 micron variance is less than half a millimeter (or the width of fewer than four sheets of paper at most) and this level of flatness won’t change during normal use over the lifetime of the product. Note, these slight variations do not affect the function of the device in any way.
Now, this is not a defense of the devices that were bent out of the box, nor is it a denial of any structural integrity weakness that may exist in the new devices. But it seems unlike Apple to openly antagonize their users, and the response confirms this.