Does your new iPad mini have this weird 'jelly scrolling' display issue?

Ipad Mini 6 2021 Lifestyle Touch Id
Ipad Mini 6 2021 Lifestyle Touch Id (Image credit: Apple)

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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3 Comments
  • My iPad Mini 6 does indeed have this issue. It's not a deal breaker, but it is disappointing and bothers me sometimes. I love literally everything else about the device enough that it doesn't completely kill the experience, but if it could be fixed via software somehow, that would be great. Apple devices in the past have had issues that at first appeared to be hardware issues that were resolved via software. For example, my iPhone 12 Mini had touch screen issues when I first purchased it, which everyone on the internet screamed was a hardware issue due to grounding. Apple patched the issue via software roughly a week after launch. Hoping for a similarly quick fix here.
  • You are holding it wrong. 😜 But seriously. It has never occurred to me - in 5 years of having various iPads - to use them in portrait mode. I find everything much easier to see and use in landscape. Maybe that’s because I always have them in cases, which naturally have stands that work in landscape mode. You DO have your iPads in cases, right? This is surely a software issue, and will be fixed in an update. If this was a hardware issue, it would have been seen/fixed LONG before now. Assuming - of course - that anyone tested it in portrait mode. 🤣
  • I've had my iPad mini 6 since the 24th and still have my iPad Air 2019. So, I can compare. I don't see jelly scrolling on either no matter how I hold them. Wondering how much this problem is just suggestibility. I am not saying jelly scrolling on the iPad mini does not exist. I can see it the slowed down video Dieter Bohn posted. But, not in my own experience. My plan to trade in my iPad Air and rely on the new iPad mini 6 has not changed.