iPad mini bezel can detect "resting thumbs"

iPad mini bezel can detect
We've been wondering how exactly Apple expects people to hold the iPad mini, because bigger may not be better when it comes to holding the device, and we've seen some awkward attempts at holding it one-handed. But, at least there is a bit of information on the Apple website explaining how the bezel can detect "resting thumbs".

The explanation isn't a very clear one, simply stating that the "iPad mini intelligently recognizes whether your thumb is simply resting on the display or whether you’re intentionally interacting with it." At the least, that makes it clear that the mini will ignore a finger resting on the edge of the screen. What isn't clear is what happens if that "resting thumb" stays there when another finger comes in to interact with the device, say to turn a page in a book. 

It would make sense that it would act like a single input gesture. As the info states, this is a "the kind of detail you’ll notice — by not noticing it." It would be pretty noticeable if a resting thumb triggers a mult-input gesture, so we don't expect that, but we'll have to see when the mini is available next week. 

source: Apple

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42 Comments

1. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Would this feature require holding it in "correct way" for it to really work or it can work irrespective of the way one holds as long as the thumb doesnt move?

32. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

rhis feature isnt properly explained because its not a feature, Apple is just manipulating the people on how they hold the device. Wonder if they'll patent this as well....How to Hold a Tablet Patent!

9. lnguyen7186

Posts: 27; Member since: May 30, 2011

I'm an Apple user ---love it--- Apple all the way.

15. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Apple makes great stuff but you need to know Apple does overcharge on EVERYTHING they sell and by buying their products you are not helping anyone get their moneys worth.

29. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

You get what you pay for... simple as that. If you buy a cheap car like (Nissan Versa) you get what you pay for and if you buy an expensive car like a Benz or BMW then you also get what you pay for. With Apple you might not get the best user experience as far as the iOS but you definitely get QUALITY like the car examples above. With Android tablets you get a slightly better user experience as far as the Android OS goes but you do NOT get quality. I see an android tablet like a Nissan Versa and an iPad like a BMW.

35. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Thats the problem, most iphone users believe the iphone is made with quality but its not. You need to look at cost to build and memory does not cost a additional 100$ for 16GB more. Apple is robbing people who are informed.

36. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

So then Mercedes and BMW are ALSO stealing money from you and others and all these high End car also do the same, right? - Wrong!! You cannot tell anyone that plastic is better than aluminium, that's just stupid... And whatever you're saying about the "memory" is also stupid, Apple charges whatever they want to make a profit. Nobody says that 16gb memory costs that much, is just the price they made for that certain device. So many idiotic comments on this site - ain't even funny anymore.

39. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

iPhone5 32GB $750 iPhone5 64GB $850 Glass Front with Aluminum back vs LG Optimus G 32GB or more $550 LG Optimus G 80GB $660 Glass front and back AT&T Prices Not to mention all the extra hardware you get like NFC, bigger battery, bigger screen (same IPS), WiFi direct, smaller bezel but im sure you already know this because you are so well informed

40. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

iPhone 4 also has Glass Front and Back. NFC is useless at this time, so there's no point talking about it. Phones that have NFC is only a feature to attract customers and charge them an extra cost for a features they can't even USE. There's also no Optimus G with an 80Gb memory. I don't know where you got that from, you proly just made the price of an external SD and added it to the actual price, and not all Optimus G's have an external SD card slot. And i'm more informed than you ever will...

42. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Yes All true but like i said all that extra hardware and great build quality for alot less than the iPhone5 Also i stated AT&T Version of both phones and the 80GB LG is with microsd 16 + 64 =80 GB NFC usless or not, still cost to the LG total Price yet still cheaper than the iPhone5. Once again dont support a company thats all about profit

34. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

That's why you get it on EBAY. Duh.

28. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

What are you doing? ... Not suppose to let these Androthetics know you're an Apple user. Shh ! Be Cool, stay low and don't let them see you.

10. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

another innovation from apple. WOW!! sarcasm

16. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

(The following must be read in the tone, style and manner of Vinnie the cab driver in the original Total Recall) "It's innovation like this that makes me want to spend 330 vs 187 - 230 (Sam's Costco) on this iPad mini instead of the more bang for your buck N7 tablets. Apple is just amazing. I mean as far as their phone, first they invent the pull down shade, then panoramic cam shots, AND a bigger screen!? What the Willy Wonka are they trying to do to me man? It's just too much to take in. What's next? Mobile payments and such? A delete all button in the texting app? Who knows right ? Custom home screens and widgets perhaps? My mind was already blown when they let me have wallpaper and a video cam 3 years after launch man. Whew! Now that was a roller coaster epic event. We are living in amazing times. Flat out amazing innovative times man! I got fiiiive kids to feed, but I'm gettin this!"

19. CWBAlfredo

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

If this feature is legit then I'm waiting with bated breath for an all screen device with this technology. 2014 maybe?

20. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

FYI Michael, This whole post was not needed, this was bad journalism on your part for trying to be first instead of doing good research and adding this bit of information to all the other ipad mini post you have on phoneareana. Bad Michael Bad

37. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Yeah, you got me there. This would have been better served as part of my other piece. My bad.

22. bkb01

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

i wonder what apple will call this feature? ithumbrest maybe iDLE.

30. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

there are so many crappy articles on iPad mini,but none saying the stock price drop after the launch...fail..iphonearena...

33. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Not sure if Apple are made of idiots, or they're just doing the exact opposite of what customers want. People don't have a problem with slightly thick side bezels, people have a problem with them wasting a whole lot of space on the top and bottom ones.

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