iPad mini uses a virtual bezel … well, sort of

Yr Blues

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http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/10/23/ipad-mini-ignores-unintended-touches-near-bezel

"For iPad mini, we reduced the width of the bezels on two sides of the display. So although the screen is smaller, it’s 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 you’re intentionally interacting with it. It’s the kind of detail you’ll notice — by not noticing it."
 

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http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/10/23/ipad-mini-ignores-unintended-touches-near-bezel

"For iPad mini, we reduced the width of the bezels on two sides of the display. So although the screen is smaller, it’s 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 you’re intentionally interacting with it. It’s the kind of detail you’ll notice — by not noticing it."
Well, I was hoping that this was something they would come up with in the future to make the bezels even smaller -- I'm almost sorry to see that their doing it already. I wonder if the current side bezel width is determined by the current screen technology limitations, or what Apple considers to be the minimum desirable width? Hopefully the former, and we'll minis come out a bit smaller in the future for better pocketability.
 

urkel

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This is another reason for why the iPad 4 existence doesn't make sense. The iPad is in need of a redesign and smaller bezels will have to be part of that. So not only is the iPad 4 still a bit heavy, its also looking pretty outdated with the giant bezel so a new model with smaller bezels and the new manufacturing process s it could get the less reflected bonded glass, slick new tapered edges and black backing.
 

Zillio

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Lets wait and see how good this software solution to "not having enough bezel to grip the iPad" works. For example, will it make the edges of the screen unresponsive.
 

knucklehead

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This is another reason for why the iPad 4 existence doesn't make sense. The iPad is in need of a redesign and smaller bezels will have to be part of that. So not only is the iPad 4 still a bit heavy, its also looking pretty outdated with the giant bezel so a new model with smaller bezels and the new manufacturing process s it could get the less reflected bonded glass, slick new tapered edges and black backing.
I guess they could do that too, but that would be mostly a cosmetic difference --- and it's not like Apple is hung up on looks, or thin edges or anything ... :p
 

Yr Blues

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As the virtual bezel is perfected on the mini, I'm sure it'll migrate to the 9.7" iPad … but then where do you put the home button and camera?
 

iEvolution

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This is another reason for why the iPad 4 existence doesn't make sense. The iPad is in need of a redesign and smaller bezels will have to be part of that. So not only is the iPad 4 still a bit heavy, its also looking pretty outdated with the giant bezel so a new model with smaller bezels and the new manufacturing process s it could get the less reflected bonded glass, slick new tapered edges and black backing.
Love it, the iPad 3 is the greatest thing since sliced bread (before iPad Mini) now for some reason the design is "stupid" and "heavy".
 

Powrie

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The iPad 5 will incorporate everything they learned from making the iPhone 5 and the Mini.

It will be redesigned into the new form factor that is lighter and thinner.

They had to make the 4th gen to update the internals so it would balance with the power of the retina display.
 

DoctorYuyi

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As the virtual bezel is perfected on the mini, I'm sure it'll migrate to the 9.7" iPad … but then where do you put the home button and camera?
wat.

The same place they are at now. What makes you think they'll move? They didn't move on the mini. And why do you think the entire bezel is nonexistent? Only the side ones were reduced.

Your post fills me with so much wat.
 

Kendo

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wat.

The same place they are at now. What makes you think they'll move? They didn't move on the mini. And why do you think the entire bezel is nonexistent? Only the side ones were reduced.

Your post fills me with so much wat.
I think he is wondering with this technology progressing, eventually all 4 sides will have virtual bezels to make the iPad that much smaller and lighter but have the same 9.7" screen. In which case I'd assume they would just make the top and bottom bezels slim enough to carry the camera and Home button, kinda like the size of the iPhone 5.
 

Yr Blues

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I think he is wondering with this technology progressing, eventually all 4 sides will have virtual bezels to make the iPad that much smaller and lighter but have the same 9.7" screen. In which case I'd assume they would just make the top and bottom bezels slim enough to carry the camera and Home button, kinda like the size of the iPhone 5.
they'll hide it in the slim bezel

maybe make the home button the size of the icon instead of the circle
 

FlatlinerG

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Well, I was hoping that this was something they would come up with in the future to make the bezels even smaller -- I'm almost sorry to see that their doing it already. I wonder if the current side bezel width is determined by the current screen technology limitations, or what Apple considers to be the minimum desirable width? Hopefully the former, and we'll minis come out a bit smaller in the future for better pocketability.
Pocketable iPad = iPod Touch
 
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