Apple says iPad mini jelly-scroll is ‘normal behavior’

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.

Video shows new iPad mini jelly-scrolling display issue

The news: Apple’s iPad mini, just updated with an all-screen design, new chassis and fresh colors, also suffers from a strange display issue known as jelly scrolling (via Dieter Bohn).

  • 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.

Download the 2021 iPad mini wallpapers here

The wallpaper: Apple has included 8 new “mini” branded wallpapers that ship with the new iPad mini.

  • This is the first wallpaper where the branding for the device also doubles as the wallpaper itself
  • Both light and dark mode variants feature darker backgrounds with bright, poppy text that seemingly lifts off your display

Sus iPad mini mold leak claims to show new design

The leak: New images and a video of a purported mold for the upcoming iPad mini show radical changes, according to Techordo, a website with only one post ever in collaboration with Twitter user @xleaks7.

Our take: Even though this looks similar to what we’ve seen that is legitimate, I’m incredibly skeptical of this site and “leaker.” The Twitter user posted this wild leak of the iPhone 12 last year and it’s safe to say that they were just a tad off. This, combined with the fact that Techordo has 0 presence on social media and only one post on the entire site makes me question whether this is a real leak or just a copy of what we’ve already seen. I’m betting on the latter.

Redesigned iPad mini may have Mini-LED display

The rumor: Apple next iPad mini will feature the same screen tech as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, according to DigiTimes (63.5% accurate, via MacRumors).

Our take: Day-by-day, this new iPad mini is sounding like a seriously incredible device. I just can’t believe Apple is making this many changes after ignoring it for so long…

Redesigned iPad mini may have USB-C & A15 processor

The rumor: Apple is planning more radical upgrades to the next iPad mini than just the design, according to 9to5Mac (78.7% accurate).

According to their report, here’s what’s coming:

  • 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…

Redesigned iPad mini likely coming this fall with iPad Air-like design

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.

Redesigned iPad mini first look shows larger screen, USB-C & more

The leak: A slew of new renders depicting the upcoming, redesigned iPad mini have been shared by Jon Prosser (73.6% accurate, via FrontPageTech.com) and designer Ian Zelbo.

  • The new design essentially looks look a mini iPad Pro, with slimmer bezels and an all-screen design with dimensions of 206.3x 137.8 x 6.1mm
  • Due to the removal of the home button, it seems Touch ID will be relocated into the power button
  • Upgraded speakers described as “crazy nice” will also debut on the new tablet
  • And believe it or not…USB-C may be replacing the Lightning port
  • A smaller version of the Apple Pencil could also ship alongside the new iPad mini

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.

Redesigned iPad mini likely coming later this year as new details leak

The rumor: Apple is planning a radically upgraded version of the iPad mini, according to Mark Gurman (88.7% accurate, via Bloomberg).

  • For the first time in the tablet’s history, an updated design will shrink the bezels and likely remove the home button
  • Apple is currently planning a launch “as early as the end of this year”

Our take: The iPad mini is fundamentally the same product now as it was when it released. For those of you dreaming about a mini iPad Pro…this sounds like it. And it sounds great.

iPad mini 6 now expected to release in second half of 2021

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.

2021 iPad Pro & iPad mini first look shows minor design tweaks

The leak: Newly surfaced dummy units give us our first real-world look at new iPads coming soon, according to Sonny Dickson (57.7% accurate).

  • The new iPad Pro looks identical to the current generation, with virtually no design changes whatsoever…we’ve heard historically that the number of speaker holes is changing, though
  • As for the updated iPad mini, it’s not the full-screen redesign that many were hoping to see: Dickson says it’s just slighter thicker than the current generation (but with no explanation as to why)

Our take: This lines up with what other credible sources have said: no major design changes for iPad Pro or iPad mini this year. Everything new is happening on the inside.