Thursday, September 23, 2021

iPad mini (6th Generation) Reviews


Update (2021-10-05): Francisco Tolmasky:

MagSafe in the iPad mini would have been really nice. I want it on all of them, but the iPad mini seems like it would work best with existing stuff just due to its size.

Francisco Tolmasky:

It just really feels like we don’t need such a humongous (over 1 inch!) margin on the iPad mini, and we could instead make the icons (and text!) easily 1.3x bigger. It often feels like I have to hold it closer to my face than my iPhone to be able to see and use it properly.

Tim Hardwick:

Now that new iPad mini 6 owners have had a couple of days with Apple’s latest redesigned tablet, some users are noticing an issue being referred to as “jelly scroll” when viewing the screen in portrait mode.

The term refers to a noticeable effect when scrolling vertically through text-based content like a webpage or document, where each line of text appears to tilt down towards the left of the screen as it passes by. The effect makes it look as though one side of the display is responding faster than the other when a finger drags to scroll the page.

Andrew Cunningham:

Apple has told us that 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.


An iFixit teardown suggests that the iPad mini’s more noticeable scrolling issue is a byproduct of how the display controller is mounted.

Update (2021-10-08): Tim Hardwick:

Following complaints of “jelly scrolling” on the iPad mini 6 display, another issue has gained traction online that also has to do with the device’s 8.3-inch Liquid Retina LCD panel.

A poster on Reddit brought attention to a discoloration and distortion issue that they were having when touching the screen with the iPad in portrait orientation.

I got my 64gb Wi-Fi iPad Mini 6 just about a week ago and noticed that there seems to be an LCD clearance issue – if you put your mini in vertical orientation (with the power button on the top right) push very lightly on the screen and you will see distortion and discoloration about an inch down and in from the top right. On most models this will happen in three spots along the top of the display (when vertical).

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