Hidden in the official announcements of the iPad mini yesterday was a rather intriguing bit of trivia from Apple. Since the bezel is so tiny on the iPad mini, Apple has tweaked iOS to better identify if you’re accidentally touching the screen or not:
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 video is from iDownloadBlog shows that Apple rolled out this change with iOS 6. The OS is now smarter about detecting if your finger resting near the edge of the screen is meant to be there or not, and adjusting how it interacts with your other fingers accordingly.
With the micro-thin bezel of the iPad mini, you know that holding it to read is going to lead to an errant few fingers accidentally touching the screen. Hopefully, this should help counteract that.