Plus: Hard Drive / Magnet Worries Addressed
The iPad 2 may not brag a Gorilla Glass display, but that doesn't make it a lightweight when it comes time to take some punishment. The boys at iFixYouri recently ran a series of tests on the glass display for the new tablet. When iFixIt did their iPad 2 teardown, they found a glass display that was 27% thinner than the original. This prompted speculation that the new iPad would be less durable.
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But that isn't what the tests found. Both screens were extensively stress tested. While the iPad 2 screen is more flexible, it also bends more easily. The original iPad screen is more rigid. And it broke very easily as a result. Even the 2" flex test wasn't enough to crack it. The team had to go in by hand to actually crack the iPad 2 screen...and they had to bend the screen almost in half to get it going.
That mighty new screen wasn't enough to stop the iPad 2 from blending into a slurry of smoking metal. But all the pomp and circumstance around the iPad 2 launch did push the "Will It Blend" guys to make an unusually elaborate video, complete with faux-Steve Jobs.
There's been some worry that the 31 magnets installed in every iPad 2 (for the smart cover) could lead to damaged hard drives. These rumors were put to rest in a wonderful UpgradeOSX article. While old-style floppy disks might have something to fear from your iPad 2, your HDD doesn't need to worry.