Today Apple announced the iPad mini with thinner bezels, and also noted they have tweaked iOS 6 so it recognizes whether or not your thumb is resting or interacting with the display, as noticed by The Next Web. The following passage from Apple’s website notes the change:
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 change however, is not new. It exists currently in iOS 6 and was first noticed a while back in early September by When Will Apple. Justin Horn detailed how iOS 6 would now be able to determine or ignore the touches of a second finger on the screen.
The test works on any iOS device running iOS 6. Try it for yourself: rest your thumb on the screen and then scroll with your other hand. You can expect this to widely help the thinner bezels on the iPad mini.
Check out our video demo below for a better explanation:
You can try this today on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Who would’ve thought these changes were implemented in anticipation of the iPad mini?