When Apple showed of the iPad mini at yesterday’s special event in San Jose, it was noted that the frame around the screen is significantly smaller along the portrait side of the device. It makes sense, since Apple wanted to make the screen as big as possible, while making the device as small as possible. What didn’t make sense, was how accidental touches, while holding it in portrait mode could be avoided. Some people have small fingers, but that tiny frame is too thin for even the most slender thumbs. It turns out, Apple is using some new touch screen technology that recognizes unintended touches.
Apple describes the design development of the iPad mini’s display. The company wanted the device to be small, “but not too small” and wanted to be sure that the smaller tablet was more than just a scaled down version of the iPad.
According to Apple, the fact that the thinner bezel could cause accidental touches was considered with the design. The company went to work finding a solution.
“Rethinking the screen meant we also had to rethink the software behind it. iPad mini intelligently recognizes whether your thumb is simply resting on the display or whether you’re intentionally interacting with it.”
At this time, there is no specific information about what that software is or who created it, but it just goes to show that Apple thought of everything in the design of the iPad mini.
[Via: Apple Insider]