The news: Apple has confirmed that there is no hardware or software issue with the display on the newest iPad mini.
Here’s what Apple told Ars Technica: “The “jelly scroll” issue on the 6th-generation iPad mini is normal behavior for LCD screens. Because these screens do 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 upshot is that the company doesn’t believe there is a hardware or software issue to “fix,” and that the screen apparently is the way it is”
Apple’s new iPad mini was just released on September 24 after being unveiled earlier this month at the ‘California Streaming’ special event
Our take: This is incredibly disappointing news. While it’s something most people will never notice, I can see it with the naked eye quite frequently on my iPad mini. And as Ars Technica also pointed out, while jelly-scroll is noticeable on many LCD displays, it appears to be more noticeable than usual on the new mini. Purchasing this device, know that this is expected functionality from Apple’s perspective and cannot be adjusted.
Jelly scrolling, which is usually observed on cheaper displays, produces an effect where one portion of the display updates faster than the other, creating a gelatinous effect while scrolling
It is unclear at this time whether this is a hardware or software issue, or if a fix is possible
Our take: The minute I looked at my iPad mini display, something felt off to me: this is why. I can’t remember ever noticing jelly-scrolling on another Apple product before, and I’m seriously hoping that it can be fixed via software. I can’t recommend the product if this is intended functionality. I’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update if I receive a response.
An A15 processor, the same one that will also be found in the 2021 iPhone lineup
A USB-C port will replace long-standing Lightning connectivity
The magnetic Smart Connector is coming to Apple’s next iPad mini, as well
Our take: A new design. USB-C. A15 chip. Color me surprised that Apple is putting the most work they have ever put into an iPad mini after broadly ignoring it for years. And apparently it’s coming before the end of the year…
The rumor: The first-ever major redesign for the iPad mini is happening later this year, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate, via Power On).
The new look is described as “more similar to the iPad Air, complete with the latest processor and a larger screen with slimmer bezels” which matches the first look shared by Jon Prosser (74.2% accurate) from earlier this year
Gurman says that he expects this new iPad mini to come sometime this Fall
Sam Kohl’s take: Honestly, I’m kind of surprised this is happening at all. Apple has largely ignored the iPad mini for the past few years and I’m fascinated that they’re bringing it back with this huge upgraded later this year. The Fall is looking more exciting by the day.
Our take: This looks phenomenal, and it’s what iPad mini users have been asking for, for years. I don’t think it’s the right tablet for me, but this will certainly become the best small tablet on the market overnight.
The rumor: Apple’s next-generation iPad mini is still months away, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (76.6% accurate).
Kuo’s updated estimate suggests the iPad mini 6 is coming in the second half of 2021, versus sometime in the first half
An updated iPad mini has been rumored for years now, and is expected to have a larger display with slimmer bezels and faster processor
Our take: Again, this is not the redesigned iPad mini that so many want…just a tweaked version of the existing model. Like most product delays, I’m sure there’s some reason behind this, but it also seems like Apple has been sitting on the new mini for some time.