iPad Pro unibody enclosure design

Learn more about how the enclosure is made and tested.

The new (11-inch and 12.9-inch, 3rd generation) iPad Pro models have an all-new design that features Face ID, the advanced Liquid Retina Display, and seamless integration with the Smart Keyboard Folio and second-generation Apple Pencil — all in an ultra-portable, versatile device.

The design of these new iPad Pro models incorporates a precision aluminum unibody enclosure that is strong, light, and durable. Instead of the curved edges found on previous-generation iPad models, these new iPad Pro models feature a rectangular design with straight edges that efficiently packages the advanced technologies inside.

About iPad Pro cellular models

iPad Pro cellular models now feature Gigabit-class LTE, with support for more cellular bands than any other tablet. To provide optimal cellular performance, small vertical bands or “splits” in the sides of the iPad allow parts of the enclosure to function as cellular antennas. For the first time ever on an iPad, these bands are manufactured using a process called co-molding. In this high-temperature process, plastic is injected into precisely milled channels in the aluminum enclosure where it bonds to micro-pores in the aluminum surface. After the plastic cools, the entire enclosure is finished with a precision CNC machining operation, yielding a seamless integration of plastic and aluminum into a single, strong enclosure.

These precision manufacturing techniques and a rigorous inspection process ensure that these new iPad Pro models meet an even tighter specification for flatness than previous generations. This flatness specification allows for no more than 400 microns of deviation across the length of any side — less than the thickness of four sheets of paper. The new straight edges and the presence of the antenna splits may make subtle deviations in flatness more visible only from certain viewing angles that are imperceptible during normal use. These small variances do not affect the strength of the enclosure or the function of the product and will not change over time through normal use.

If you believe you have an issue with your iPad Pro enclosure

If you believe your new iPad Pro does not meet the specifications described in this article, please contact Apple Support. Apple offers a 14-day return policy for products purchased directly from Apple. Apple also provides up to a one-year warranty on our products and will cover damage if it has occurred due to a defect in materials or workmanship.

More information about the Apple One (1) Year Limited Warranty can be found here.*

* Learn more about Apple Warranty coverage in Türkiye.

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