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A new rumor claims that Apple is working on a future 8.3-inch iPad mini that will feature a ProMotion display, allowing for a higher 120Hz variable refresh rate, compared to the current 60Hz offered on the smallest iPad.

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This past fall, Apple updated the iPad mini, completely redesigning the smallest iPad and introducing an edge-to-edge display, Touch ID in the power button, an A15 Bionic chip, a USB-C port, and other features that brought it to parity with the rest of Apple's tablet lineup.

However, the iPad mini 6's display has faced some criticism for the "jelly scrolling" effect which is evident to some users when reading on the device in portrait mode. Since LCD screens refresh line by line, there is a tiny delay between when the lines at the top and lines at the bottom are refreshed. While this is normal behavior for LCD screens, it can appear more obvious when observed on the iPad mini.

Today's rumor posted on a Korean forum and shared on Twitter by @FronTron, claims Apple is testing a Samsung-supplied display for a future iPad mini in the same 8.3-inch factor that will support ProMotion technology.

ProMotion is Apple's variable refresh rate display technology that allows a display to run at as high as 120Hz. The feature is currently only offered on the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, and just recently, the iPhone 13 Pro and the new MacBook Pros.

The notion that Apple would bring a feature exclusive to its higher-end devices to its smallest ‌iPad,‌ which is designed for portability and everyday use, may seem unlikely, but it does become more plausible if the "jelly scrolling" issue is taken into consideration.

The reason the jelly scrolling effect only occurs when the tablet is in portrait mode is because the controller board that drives the line-by-line refresh of the display is oriented vertically, and the portrait orientation doesn't match its placement.

Indeed, the iPad Pro also has a vertically oriented display controller board. However, while jelly scrolling still happens on the high-end iPad in portrait mode, the Pro's 120Hz refresh rate all but masks it to most human eyes. All of which is to say that if Apple brought ProMotion to the iPad mini, it would essentially resolve the jelly scrolling issue.

That said, the source of this rumor remains unknown and we are therefore still filing it under "sketchy."

The 8.3-inch iPad mini is one of four iPad models in the iPad lineup and is the ideal option for customers wanting a small, compact, and powerful tablet for casual use. Customers undertaking more intensive work, requiring more performance, are likely to purchase the iPad Pro instead, with education students eyeing the baseline iPad or the iPad Air.

Article Link: Sketchy Rumor Claims Future iPad Mini to Feature 120Hz ProMotion Display, Which Could Resolve 'Jelly Scrolling' Issue
 
Apple told the consumer jelly scrolling was not a problem?



 

YorkshireBill

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What's a bit baffling about this is the previous generation iPad mini doesn't do this according to The Verge and others. Maybe this was the best/only panel Apple could get for the size they wanted?

It's a very, very Apple thing to do though for users to find a problem, Apple to state there isn't a problem, and then "fix" the "not problem" in the next iteration.
 

Lounge vibes 05

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So Apple decided to sell this iPad knowing jelly scrolling was an issue?
Apple told the consumer jelly scrolling was not a problem?



Because for 99.9999999% of actual consumers, it’s not an issue.
And Apple is technically correct, jelly scrolling is not a defect, it’s meant to happen. It’s poor implementation, but it isn’t a bug or something unexpected.
As for this rumor, I think it’s pretty obvious that within the next five years we’re going to see 120 Hz trickle down the iPhone and iPad lines, just like Face ID has, just like the Home button removal has, just like the laminated displays have, and eventually just like mini LED will.
Starts on the really expensive pro line, trickles down to the air, trickles down to the mini, and then eventually gets added to the cheapest iPad, and before you know it, everything they sell has 120 Hz.
I highly doubt this is an actual response to the jelly scrolling, just a planned feature that they already had in the pipeline
 

Lounge vibes 05

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What's a bit baffling about this is the previous generation iPad mini doesn't do this according to The Verge and others. Maybe this was the best/only panel Apple could get for the size they wanted?

It's a very, very Apple thing to do though for users to find a problem, Apple to state there isn't a problem, and then "fix" the "not problem" in the next iteration.
The previous generation iPad mini had this, it was just in portrait mode so less people complained about it.
 

PBG4 Dude

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What's a bit baffling about this is the previous generation iPad mini doesn't do this according to The Verge and others. Maybe this was the best/only panel Apple could get for the size they wanted?

It's a very, very Apple thing to do though for users to find a problem, Apple to state there isn't a problem, and then "fix" the "not problem" in the next iteration.
My iPad mini 5 has jelly scroll in landscape orientation. Posted a slo-mo video on a thread last month showing it. It isn’t a big deal to me, as I don’t normally snap pages around at the speed required to see the jelly scroll.
 

Lounge vibes 05

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One thing that I found interesting back during antenna gate was that Steve Jobs actually showed a slide about how despite all of the complaints when it comes to the antenna on tech news sites, they had less than 1/3 of the returns of the iPhone 4 than they did the 3GS from actual consumers.
I’d like to see those numbers when it comes to jelly scrolling, because I bet they’re basically the same.
Most consumers literally don’t know and don’t care
 

bbplayer5

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My iPad mini 5 has jelly scroll in landscape orientation. Posted a slo-mo video on a thread last month showing it. It isn’t a big deal to me, as I don’t normally snap pages around at the speed required to see the jelly scroll.
Same, not a big deal to me at all. When I am in portrait, I generally scroll slowly anyway so I dont see it. Ive also turned off the elaborate animations mostly due to iPhone 13 Pro 120hz ruining 60hz for me lol.
 
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sinoka56

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They can mount the screen up side down or horizontally to mitigate the jelly scroll.
 
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