Apple officially announced the iPad mini just yesterday and one of the things that make the new device stand out is the thin form factor of the bezel surrounding the screen. If you happen to compare the new iPad with the iPad mini, youíll see in portrait mode that the bezels on both sides of the iPad mini are much slimmer. For those of you who donít know, one issue with a thin bezel is that usually devices are much harder to hold without actually touching the screen, in which case one might think that you would inadvertently interact with the software on the touch screen. Apparently this is an issue that Apple has resolved and is confident with their solution, which they claim relies on advanced software.
According to Apple:
[The] iPad mini is small. But when you use it, it doesnít feel small. Thatís because itís 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, itís 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 youíre intentionally interacting with it. Itís the kind of detail youíll notice ó by not noticing it. And itís a great example of how Apple hardware and software work together to give you the best experience possible.