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A number of Apple customers have complained about the build quality of the iPad Air, with the thin panel of the aluminum enclosure causing audible creaks when held.
Apple tends to build its products as thin as possible while still maintaining structural integrity. In early online complaints about Apple’s latest tablet launch, it seems that the quest for thinness has caused problems.
The original poster says they ordered two blue models, but discovered the “aluminum backplate is a lot thinner than on the iPad Air 4.” The user adds “you can almost feel the battery through the plate when you hold the device.’
Both units are apparently the same, with the thin panel causing the tablets to make “creaking noises” when held by the user, with the effect verified by a friend of theirs.
The user is not the only one to discover the phenomena, with others posting to the thread about the same problem. One user offered a video demonstrating the same creaking noises.
It is unclear how many iPad Airs are affected to a level where they creak. Apple has yet to comment on the complaints at this time.