Apple covered a lot of points about the new iPad mini in its launch event today, but one thing it didn't talk about was how the device would handle accidental touches by users' thumbs when they are holding it. In order to make the iPad mini easy to hold with one hand, Apple had to make the bezels considerably smaller than those on the 9.7-inch iPad, which leads many to wonder how it will be possible to hold it with one hand. To address this particular issue, Apple notes in its iPad mini promotional page that it has modified iOS to ignore accidental touches. "iPad mini intelligently recognizes whether your thumb is simply resting on the display or whether you’re intentionally interacting with it," says Apple.
It's hard to tell how effective this actually is in practice just yet — we certainly were not able to test it in the few minutes of hands on time that we had with the device. Rest assured, once we are able to properly review the iPad mini, we will be sure to see how well this thumb rejection feature works.
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