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I want to use an iPad as an interactive part of an exhibition. Will it last or will it break? Does anyone have experience?

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    Well, we can be sure that it will blend. – Loïc Wolff Mar 9 '11 at 15:46
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    Seriously, this question is to vague to be answered. It depends on too many factor to have a definitive answer. Which is what this site is aiming for. – Loïc Wolff Mar 9 '11 at 15:48
  • I'd be worried about theft. – Martin Mar 10 '11 at 13:34
  • Off course I'll be glueing a noose to the ipad. But what about recharging? Do people handle the thing with care? What about the home button? – Anton Mar 25 '11 at 12:33
  • I want to say this is a dumb question but I'll be polite and say it doesn't make any sense. – Slick Dec 11 '11 at 19:15
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Anecdotally, I attended the Detroit Auto Show this year. Audi had cleverly embedded iPads into the information stands next to all their cars, running their own information app. The home button was covered by the stand, so the app couldn't be exited. It made for a very impressive display.

I was there during the final weekend of the (very high traffic) two-week show. All of the iPads were functioning marvelously, and the screens were all in very good shape. That said, there was no well to tell if any had needed to be replaced. Take it as you will.

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My university's computer store has had three iPads on display since launch, probably hundreds of people per-day using them. They're all in perfect condition.

I will give this tip: Make sure that they're physically locked down such that they can't move. The reason being that if you have them simply tethered to a security cable and to the dock connector, the dock connector cable will eventually begin to fray. It happened on all three iPads. Those cables just aren't designed to be permanently attached and constantly twisted, so make sure that the iPad can't move.

  • Thanks for the hint about the cable. I was thinking of charging the ipads at night and having no cables connected. – Anton Mar 17 '11 at 7:59
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Well Apple stores have thousands of people handling iPads every day so I think it should be fine.

I would probably have a 2nd one on call just in case you do have to replace it.

Matt B raises a good point though about the Home button. If you jailbreak the device then you could possibly reprogram that button, however as it is you'd have to cover it.

  • Shortly after it launched, I wanted to research a power adaptor for them while in the local Apple Store. Two of theirs were out of service. They remove them and replace them when it happens so most people aren't aware. Having a spare would be good insurance. – mockman Mar 17 '11 at 1:49
  • Yeah, I guess jailbraking is a good option. I found this Incarcerapp that locks the home button. – Anton Mar 17 '11 at 7:58
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We just recently created a large wall of 24 iPads for a particular event show.

The iPads were fine and lasted for between 9-10.5 hours displaying constantly.

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