Many were understandably excited when Apple announced a redesign and refresh to the iPad mini lineup, but that excitement was quickly dampened when it was discovered that the tablet seemed to suffer from a jelly scrolling issue with its display. This is apparently caused by the different refresh rates clashing together, creating a wobbly-looking effect when scrolling.
Apple has since responded to the issue, but unfortunately it might not be the answer customers were hoping for. In a statement made to ArsTechnica in response to the question the publication asked them, Apple said that this effect is “normal behavior” when it comes to LCD screens. Because these screens refresh line by line, any delay between the refresh can result in this jelly-like effect.
But wait, isn’t most of Apple’s products LCD, and why are we only hearing about this now? Apple has used LCDs for the longest time on its iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, but as ArsTechnica rightfully points out, this effect only seems to be especially noticeable on the new iPad mini.
That being said, since Apple considers this to be a non-issue, it means that they probably won’t be issuing any recalls or software patches since to them, there’s nothing to fix. If you already bought the iPad mini, then you should probably try and return it within the return window, or if you’re still on the fence, go to an Apple Store and try it for yourself to see if it’s noticeable enough to bother you.