One iPad Mini Comes to a Justly Deserved End

The photo below was posted on Reddit last night, and it shows that there are worse things than having to wait 5 weeks to get a hot new gadget.

According to the comments, this amazing amount of damage was the work of FedEx, and the usual steps of putting it in rice, turning it off and turning it on, etc did not help. Even the Genius Bar’s suggestion of doing a factory reset did not help restore this iPad Mini.

I have broken some gadgets in my day, but I have never quite managed to be this thorough. This is the single best attempt to destroy a tablet (short of Blendtec’s will it blend skits) that I have ever seen.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. KarlB5 December, 2012

    Did you try removing all third-party apps?

  2. Tyler5 December, 2012

    Try using a lens cleaner on the glass. I do that for all of my tablets and it really helps to get the fingerprints off.

  3. Mike Cane5 December, 2012

    Rooting can restore it!

    Seriously, holy mackerel. That FedEx guy needs a different job. Like hunting down and defusing bombs. That’d be a “deserved end” right there.

  4. Frank Skornia5 December, 2012

    This is why you should have put a screen protector on it.

  5. RockDaMan5 December, 2012

    What made its end justly deserved?

    1. fjtorres5 December, 2012

      It’s an iPad Mini.

    2. Tim Gray6 December, 2012

      Nate hates the Mini. Once he lusted after it from afar, but it scorned his merely average bank balance, so now he is driven by a twisted desire to see it fall. There are probably moors and stuff involved.

      1. Nate Hoffelder6 December, 2012

        Apparently there are at least 2 people here who cannot take a joke.

      2. Brian6 December, 2012

        You did see it was posted tagged as humor right?

  6. Miki5 December, 2012

    I guess the FedEx guy was holding it wrong…

    1. RockDaMan6 December, 2012

      Well played sir, well played!

  7. Sweetpea6 December, 2012

    Wow…. I wonder what they did with it to make it squish like that… It must have been stuck between two thin, yet very strong packets, with a lot of force applied…

    I seriously cannot understand how something like this could have happened “naturally”…

    1. Nate Hoffelder6 December, 2012

      I think they slammed 2 doors together – repeatedly.

  8. Tyler6 December, 2012

    It’s not really gone as long as we remember it.

  9. Razvan T. Coloja6 December, 2012

    Made my skin crawl…


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