Apple introduced the new iPad mini on Tuesday and already, users are beginning to notice some smarter features that the Cupertino company has included that wouldn’t be available on competing devices. According to the Apple’s iPad mini design website, the company has included advanced software in the iPad mini that detects and prevents unintended touches.
This is just one of the many features on the iPad mini that is not advertised and will quietly assist the user. When compared to the full sized iPad, it is obvious that the bezel on the iPad mini is much smaller and compact in order for the screen to be the focal point of the device. However, with the smaller bezel, it is easy for users to click something they didn’t mean to.
iPad mini is small. But when you use it, it doesn’t feel small. That’s because it’s designed to give you the maximum amount of screen in the minimum amount of space. To achieve that, we had to rethink the relationship between the screen and the overall shape of the product. iPad has symmetrical bezels around all of its edges. But for iPad mini, we reduced the width of the bezels on two sides of the display. So although the screen is smaller, it’s even more prominent.
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. It’s the kind of detail you’ll notice — by not noticing it. And it’s a great example of how Apple hardware and software work together to give you the best experience possible.
This feature is likely similar to the feature included on OS X, which allows a user to swipe two fingers and access Notification Center. With all of these small but important features, it is also likely that the experience will outweigh the $329 price tag that so many users are complaining about.