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iPad mini doesn't sense styluses very well?

1667 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 3:29 AM by Markherb RSS
Haven626 Calculating status...
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Nov 20, 2012 6:11 PM

I've just recently received my iPad mini,

everything works fine,

the touch screen responds to my fingers "okay",

but the screen doesn't sense my stylus very well.

I've tried a variety of styluses on all my idevices,

and they just don't perform as well on my ipad mini as on my other devices like my old ipad 2, iphone 4s or ipod touch.

Is the screen/touch sensor different than the older generation of idevices?


iPad mini Wi-Fi, iOS 6.0.1
  • carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (13,910 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 10:11 PM (in response to Haven626)

    The screen is "capacitive", not "resistive", and most styluses are incapable of changing the capacitive field.  Too, it's easy to damage a screen with a stylus.

  • jamesfrompalos heights Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 4:50 AM (in response to Haven626)

    Hello, I found that the stylus is working great only in UPAD lite?

    I'm not sure why.

    So far, I haven't found a better hand writing app for the ipad mini.

    I'm wondering if the apps need to be updated somehow.

    I read on another post that the sensor is thinner, and or embedded differently into the glass.

  • John Irvine1 Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Jan 4, 2013 2:51 PM (in response to Haven626)

    I'm having the identical issue. I have three different capacitive stylii, and all three are very slow to respond on the iPad Mini. They require a harder "press" for tapping, by far, than they did with my iPad 2.  The capacitive point on my Sensu Brush stylus works the best of the three, and I noticed that it has a firmer rubber tip than the other two stylii do.  Interestingly, the brush part of the stylus seems to work fine—no differently than when used on the larger iPad.  It's actually a more annoying problem than one would think, as I prefer to use a stylus to keep the screen cleaner.

  • Markherb Calculating status...
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    Jan 13, 2013 3:29 AM (in response to John Irvine1)

    Most annoying is the act that none of my different stylus works comparable to the iPad 2 on my mini even on the iOS. Just scrolling from screen to screen needs some pressure; just a gentle wipe doesn't Orkney anymore.


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