Does your new iPad mini have this weird 'jelly scrolling' display issue?
What you need to know
- Some users are reporting that one side of their iPad mini's screen refreshes more quickly than the other.
- The 'jelly scrolling' issue appears to be an issue that some people find more obvious than others.
Getting the iPad mini replaced isn't necessarily going to change anything, either.
Apple's brand new and redesigned iPad mini appears to be suffering from a strange display issue known as 'jelly scrolling.' While not everyone appears to notice it, the symptom should be fairly easy to reproduce — users report that one half of the tablet's display scrolls more quickly than the other.
The issue hasn't been mentioned in any iPad mini reviews that I've seen, but it was first reported by The Verge's Dieter Bohn on Twitter. Since then, Reddit has become home to a growing collection of users who report the same issue.
Haven't seen if anybody else reported this but I see when scrolling in portrait mode with a lot of text on the screen there is a small amount of jelly scroll, where one side moves faster than the other. It’s subtle enough that it’s hard for me to film it, but it’s there.— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) September 22, 2021
While most noticeable when scrolling text, the problem is still visible in apps with images and other assets, perhaps making this a bigger issue than it might otherwise seem. This video from one Redditor shows the issue affecting the iTunes app.
An unfortunate (and potentially nauseating) jelly effect only present on the new iPad Mini 6. It's caused by a noticeable lag on the left side of the screen that delays and distorts content in that area no matter what you're using the device for, apps, web, videos, etc. are all affected. Uncertain if it can be fixed through a software update or if it's a permanent hardware fault.
And that's the issue here — it isn't clear whether the problem can be fixed by software, or not. That's a matter up for debate right now, but a hardware design issue is something that cannot be ruled out. That would of course mean all iPad minis suffer from this issue and that a software fix is unlikely.
Maybe. It’s classic jelly scroll from what I can tell, which sometimes just comes down to hardware limitations. It’s in all apps.— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) September 25, 2021
Many screens have done this, but they put the controller on the bottom so you don’t notice it.
Regardless, the new iPad mini is likely still the best iPad for a ton of people — those who want to take notes using Apple Pencil on the go, especially.
Do you have a new iPad mini and if so, do you notice this issue? Please shout up and let me know below or on Twitter.