iPad mini iPad Mini Touch Sensitivity

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  1. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm curious to get some other's opinions/experiences with regards to the touch sensitivity of the iPad Mini. First, a little background.

    I had an iPad 3 shortly after they came out last year and used a stylus with it almost as soon as I got it. It was a very pleasant experience, and remember being pretty impressed by how well it actually did work. The stylus I was using was the Wacom Bamboo--a pretty well received and reviewed stylus on the whole.

    I haven't had an iPad for probably 8 months now, and I got a Mini a few weeks ago. I finally went and got a stylus to use with my iPad Mini this week. I kind of cheaped out at first and picked up a $15 Targus stylus from Target. It felt horrible though--you had to press fairly firmly on the screen to get it to register, drawing or writing with it felt horribly imprecise, and it didn't register faint touches very well(similar to the motion you might make when swiping between pages on the home screen). I immediately chalked it up to a cheap stylus and exchanged it for a Bamboo stylus like what I had originally.

    But much to my surprise, even with the Bamboo, there is very little to no change in how it performs. Doing a quick Google search yields a few Apple Community posts about poor stylus performance on the iPad Mini, and some speculation that it has to do with the accidental touch avoidance mechanism that's used on the Mini. There was also some speculation that the "micro knit" capacitive material stylus products work better, but nothing concrete.

    I feel like it's not just the stylus though. My fingers generally work pretty well, but it feels like I'm having to tap things an extra time or two here and there that I don't ever recall doing with any of the other iPads I've owned in the past. All past iPads have been responsive enough to the point where I didn't even think about it, but I'm clearly noticing it here.

    A few specific examples. Swiping to change home screens occasionally doesn't seem to want to register correctly using a finger. This is one is especially noticable with the stylus too. Also, the "X" to delete text from the search box in the App Store is virtually impossible to actually touch.

    So what's everyone else's experience with touch sensitivity on the iPad Mini? Am I crazy? Does it have to do with the accidental touch avoidance Apple added to the Mini? Bum iPad? Horrible luck with styli? :)
     
  2. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    NEWSFLASH!!!! iOS devices don't require a stylus,,,,the finger came first! Ditch it then update your post.
    The X in the App Store search is rather small to touch if you have big fingers...hopefully this will change in iOS 7. Otherwise, the Mini is as responsive as any other device.
     
  3. LaurieAnn macrumors regular

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    Also, the "X" to delete text from the search box in the App Store is virtually impossible to actually touch.

    I have difficulty with this too and I have 'girl' fingers. But I think it's because you're aiming at a tiny target (little X).
     
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Can't comment on stylus sensitivity as I don't use them, but I do find myself often having to tap twice on the mini before it'll register. I've thought it has to do with smaller tap targets, though. It hadn't occurred to me that the mini screen in general might be less sensitive than the regular iPad.

    As for touch rejection, for me, it doesn't always work. I'd be reading in iBooks and all of a sudden the pages will flip a few pages ahead or back, and I'd look down and sure enough, my thumb has slipped over the edge of the screen. :(
     
  5. pcguru83 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I've been looking around a bit more and found a few posts on here actually with several people mentioning this. Seems it's a common complaint (and probably is because it's such a small target). Thinking about it some more, I actually have similar problems with a touch target on the iPhone. In the Calendar app, the box in the bottom right that you tap to bring up calendar invites is pretty tricky for me to get usually too.
    I honestly wouldn't have thought much about it either had I not spent a decent amount of time with an iPad 3. The stylus really makes it obvious IMO. I'm not really a heavy stylus user honestly, but I do like to use one if I'm sketching something out in Paper (perhaps a network diagram) or doing some really quick markups on a PDF.

    Appreciate the intelligent feedback/thoughts. ;)
     
  6. Luis2004 macrumors 6502a

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    I just purchased a mini this evening and have been playing around with it some. I don't notice any difference in touch sensitivity with this and the iPad 3.
     
  7. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who struggles with this! It is indeed very difficult to touch the x.
     
  8. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    I've got a few high end stylus just for the fun of it. The drawback is you forfeit the wonderful tactile experience of using your finger.

    As far as touch sensitivity, I find my mini identical and as excellent as my iPads 1,2,3 & now the 4. I've got years of touch screen experience with other brands as well on the 30 or so smartphones I've owned.

    Apples done the best job of specifying exactly what they want to their vendors. The latest Androids like my Nexus 4, Note II & Galaxy S3, are nearly as good, yet Apple's the best.
     
  9. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, that little "x" is the worst! There used to be a similar issue hitting the "more info" down-arrow on the Updates page of the app store. The target was practically sub-pixel. But that eventually got fixed.

    I wonder if the thumb-rejection could be (or is?) a setting that could be turned off.

    Regards,
    Tom
     
  10. Alith macrumors 6502

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    This! It's very rare that it works.
     
  11. Alundra macrumors regular

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  12. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    A whole thread based on a little "x". Unbelievable
     
  13. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    No problem with the X here. Maybe do it slower.
     
  14. lucasfer899 macrumors 6502

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    Never come across this, show it to the Apple "Geniuses"?
     
  15. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    NEWSFLASH!!! A stylus is better at some things than your finger... we write and draw with pens and pencils, not the tips of our fingers.
     
  16. nebrot macrumors regular

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    No problems here, though I have to say for instance this macrumors forum is a little small (several web-pages are) and I find myself sometimes double-tapping to extend the text, but I didn´t really struggle so far.
     
  17. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

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    Compared to which earth-shattering thread on Macrumors now?

    And like most threads, at least it did start with a slightly more meaty subject (see thread title and OP).

    So, while it's a lot of things (e.g. early sign of the fall of civilization, etc.), unbelievable ain't one of 'em. ;)

    Regards,
    Tom
     
  18. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    This is a curiosity for me because I have the same problem on the iPad Mini hitting that X, but no problem at all hitting it on the iPhone 4.
     
  19. anastasty macrumors newbie

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    iPad mini edge sensitivity?

    I have the same problem with the App Store X on my mini. I use multiple iPad2s and never have this problem. Maybe Apple's fix for accidental input is to decrease sensitivity near the edge of the screen? The App Store search box X is pretty close to the edge on a mini...
     
  20. czecho7 macrumors member

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    I think you're right. Hopefully they'll work this issue out in a better way, especially if the next full-sized iPad is supposed to come with a smaller bezel like the mini.
     

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