Apple’s brand new and redesigned iPad mini seems to be suffering from a strange display problem known as ‘want to scroll’. While not everyone seems to notice it, the symptom should reproduce fairly easily – users report that one half of the tablet screen scrolls faster than the other.
This issue wasn’t mentioned in any of the iPad mini reviews 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 reporting the same problem.
Although it is most noticeable when moving text, the problem is still visible in applications with images and other means, which may make this a bigger problem than it might otherwise seem. This video from a single Redditor shows a problem affecting the iTunes app.
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The unfortunate (and potentially annoying) jelly effect is only present on the new iPad Mini 6. The cause is a noticeable lag on the left side of the screen that delays and distorts the content in that area, no matter what you use the device for, all apps, web, videos, etc. It is not certain whether this can be fixed by updating the software or whether it is a permanent hardware error.
And there’s the problem – it’s not clear whether the problem can be solved with software or not. This is currently being discussed, but the hardware design problem is something that cannot be ruled out. This would of course mean that all iPad mini suffer from this problem and that a software repair is unlikely to occur.
Nonetheless, the new iPad mini is probably still the best iPad for a bunch of people – especially those who want to take notes using the Apple Pencil, especially on the go.
Do you have a new iPad mini and if so, do you notice this problem? Please shout and let me know below or below Twitter.
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