iPad Mini 6 Screen Distortion Complaints Surface, But No Evidence Yet That It's a Widespread Issue

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.

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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).

The Redditor claims they received a replacement from Apple, except the new device had the same problem, "but worse." While a handful of users replied to the original poster saying they were experiencing a similar issue – although for one or two, it was reportedly evident in another part of the display – most users who engaged with the post were unable to replicate it on their own device.

For what it's worth, MacRumors was unable to reproduce a similar distortion effect around the area suggested in the top-right corner of the ‌iPad mini‌'s screen. It is possible to create distortion where the finger makes contact anywhere on the display, but only by exerting unwarranted pressure. But then the same effect is demonstrable on any LCD panel when applying undue pressure, so we were unconvinced that what we were seeing was evidence of a mass defect with the panel in the ‌iPad mini‌ 6.


Users seeing a similar issue as to the one demonstrated in the above video have the option of taking their ‌iPad mini‌ 6 to an Apple Store or Repair Center to ask for a replacement unit.

As for the jelly scrolling issue, Apple has said that the effect is normal behavior for an LCD screen, and that likely means the company does not plan to offer replacements for users who are seeing this issue. For that reason, those unhappy with the ‌‌iPad mini‌‌'s display should make sure to return the tablet within its 14 day return window.

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Top Rated Comments

ruka.snow Avatar
2 weeks ago
Great, we'll get a new post about the iPad mini screen every week. Next one it'll be that stabbing it causes one half of the screen to no longer function.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
locrumo Avatar
2 weeks ago
10 years ago it was a serious issue with the cheap android tablets. It's a pleasure to see that in 2021 you can buy the same.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dantracht Avatar
2 weeks ago
For what it’s worth, no one should have to deal with this on a device that costs $500 to start with.

C'mon apple.

Hanging onto my mini 5 for sure.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nozuka Avatar
2 weeks ago



I can see a new 'issue' being drummed up every week now with the new iPad Mini.
I can see an excuse being drummed up every week now with the new iPad Mini. ;)
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SpotOnT Avatar
2 weeks ago
I had to return my iPad Mini 6. The Jelly Scroll was making me dizzy and giving me headaches. While I can notice the Jelly Scroll on other devices, like the iPad Air, it just doesn't effect me in the same way. No idea why.

I figure I will try again in another 6-12 months. Maybe production quality of the screens on the Mini will have improved by then.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
roncron Avatar
2 weeks ago
I'd like to see more than just anecdotal evidence of a problem before making any conclusions. While we're waiting for that, every one of us can choose to delay their purchase until more is known about the extent of these issues, or they can choose to buy the product and evaluate it carefully before the return window closes.

I've used my Mini 6 a lot since it was delivered nearly two weeks ago. I've been pretty happy with the display. I can see jelly scrolling, but it is mild and I don't notice it unless I'm trying to see it. It doesn't happen at all in the vast majority of my use-cases, like gaming, watching movies, taking notes on the go, and reading ebooks. I also do not have the issue reported in this article.

Tons of people have weighed in on this and other discussion items in the Macrumors forums and elsewhere. The people writing these comments fall into one of three groups:

First, people who have a Mini 6 and are unhappy with the display; they are not wrong and they should absolutely return their device. All of us are still within the window for initiating a return.

Second, people like me who have a Mini 6 who are happy with the device.

And third, people who are dumping on the Mini 6 just based on these reports, without even having seen the device in person. Jumping on the Apple-bashing bandwagon. This group isn't helping anyone.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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