According to a report by 9to5Mac, owners have noticed a “jelly scrolling” effect where one side of the screen scrolls at a different rate than the other, producing a wobble occasionally noticeable in portrait view. When looking at the iPad mini in portrait with the camera at the top, the right side of the display updates faster than the left side. Upside down, the left side updates quicker than the right side.
The effect is harder to spot if you tilt the iPad to a landscape orientation, but that’s not a solution if you like to read news websites and social media feeds.
It remains unknown if this is the fault of the LCD panel itself, the display controllers, or a firmware/software issue. With the display controllers mounted on the side rather than the bottom or top, it is possible that the display signals are simply reaching half of the screen faster, in which case the problem would be an inherent consequence of the hardware design.
Apple’s displays typically meet a very high specification of quality and other iPad models do not have this issue, or if they do it is way less noticeable. On iPad Pro models, the 120Hz refresh rate helps hide any sync issues during motion.
Apple hasn’t commented on the issue so far.
Subtle visual problems like this are more troubling to some people than others. A lot of people might notice something is off but then their brain gets habituated to the issue and can ignore it after a few hours. For others, it could possibly trigger headaches or nausea. It’s totally on you to decide if the jelly scrolling issue is enough to give up on the iPad mini altogether.