The new Apple iPad mini (2021) is in news and among controversy due to “jelly scrolling”. After its recent launch event the product is making its way into the hands of customers. Some customers and users are reporting a weird refresh rate problem with the display of the device.
The issue is only noticeable when the tablet is in portrait mode. The camera being at the top of the device and on web pages with a lot of text. If you’ve lined up these variables and scroll quickly, you’ll notice that one side of the screen refreshes faster than the other, making it look like the text is slanted as you navigate down a page.
The “jelly scrolling” is when half of the display is refreshing noticeably slower than the other, which results in a wobble effect when content is moving quickly. There have been multiple reports of this since the iPad mini 6 was released. It’s unclear if the refresh rate issue can be fixed through a software update or if it’s a hardware issue.
Apple has told us that the “jelly scroll” issue on the 6th-generation iPad mini is normal behavior for LCD screens. Because these screens refresh line by line there is a tiny delay between when the lines at the top of the screen and lines at the bottom are refreshed. This can cause uneven scrolling issues like the ones observed on the iPad.
The effect is less noticeable on other iPad models with 60Hz LCD displays, such as iPad Air4 and entry-level iPad. Unfortunately, as Apple says this is an expected behavior. Those who are unhappy with the product’s display won’t be able to ask for a repair or replacement.
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