Upcoming iPad Mini 7 Still Rumored to Lack 120Hz ProMotion Display

Apple is rumored to be launching a new seventh-generation iPad mini soon, but the new model will not feature a 120Hz ProMotion display, claims a leaker with alleged supply chain sources.

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According to the Twitter account @Tech_Reve, the iPad mini 7 "still doesn't have 120Hz," with only the A-series processor expected to receive an upgrade.

Suggestions that Apple could conceivably adopt ProMotion for a next-generation ‌iPad mini‌ began to receive attention when the "jelly scrolling" phenomenon was identified shortly after the iPad mini 6 was released in September 2021.

"Jelly scrolling" refers to screen tearing, which can cause text or images on one side of the screen to appear to be tilted downwards because of a mismatch in refresh rates. It can cause one side of the display to look as if it's responding faster than the other side, a visual disturbance that's hard to miss once you notice it.

Apple says the phenomenon is normal behavior for LCD iPads. 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. But while this may be normal behavior for LCD screens, it can appear more obvious when observed on the ‌‌iPad mini's smaller screen‌‌.

Late last year, a rumor on Korean forums suggested Apple was testing a Samsung-supplied display for a future ‌‌iPad mini‌‌ that would allow for up to 120Hz refresh rates, but no such model has been forthcoming, and Apple's plans for the iPad mini are still unclear, and rumors of an update have only gathered pace over the last couple of months.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman earlier this year reported that an iPad mini update with a minor "spec bump" is not out of the question in 2024. More recently in August, the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro" suggested a seventh-generation iPad mini was in the works at Apple, and said that they had seen evidence that at least one new iPad model is coming this year. A DigiTimes report last month said Apple plans to release a "small-sized iPad" in the fourth quarter, while 9to5Mac just last week said that its sources believe the ‌iPad mini‌ 7 is coming "soon."

If anything happens before the holidays, a chip upgrade may be the most likely feature of a new ‌iPad mini‌. The ‌sixth-generation iPad mini‌ currently contains the A15 Bionic chip, while the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro use the A16 and A17 Pro chip, respectively. A minor spec bump could also include upgrades to the front and rear cameras, potentially bringing features like Photonic Engine to the ‌iPad‌ for the first time.

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Top Rated Comments

McJobs Avatar
8 months ago
- huge bezels (side bezels thicker than the original mini)
- narrower screen (4:3 aspect ratio was ideal)
- garbage display (worse quality than mini 5)
- no Face ID (6-year old tech)
- not optimized iPadOS (for this screen size)
- overpriced (64GB Wi-Fi for 650€ in Europe)
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Motawa Avatar
8 months ago
"and you are gonna love it!"
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Warped9 Avatar
8 months ago

The iPad mini is nearly as much of a budget model as the base iPad,
Not around here. The Mini has been distinctly more expensive than the entry iPad 9 for some years. It’s more like a Mini Air.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StudioMacs Avatar
8 months ago
Jelly scrolling is only visible (to those who see it) in portrait mode. It’s not present in landscape. I imagine Apple has enough user data to know what percentage of users use the iPad in landscape vs portrait.

My wife doesn’t follow online forums, like most people, so she’s never been bothered by it on her iPad mini. I would hear about it if she had a complaint…
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nik Avatar
8 months ago
The lack of 120 Hz is the only reason for me not buying one.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zc456 Avatar
8 months ago
Literally anyone: so what's new?
Apple: We updated the processor!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)