Back in September, some early adopters of Apple’s iPad mini 6 took issue with the device’s screen and it’s so-called “jelly scrolling.” That unorthodox term refers to the phenomenon where one half of the screen refreshes at a noticeably different speed to the other, creating a slightly unsettling wobble effect.
It’s hard to describe if you haven’t seen it, but this slow-motion video from The Verge’s Dieter Bohn captures the effect in action:
Here is is slow-mo video of scrolling on the iPad Min i slowed down EVEN MORE in a frame-by-frame step through. Notice how the right moves up faster than the left.In normal usage you barely see it, but every now and then it become noticeable. In landscape it goes away entirely pic.twitter.com/iq9LGJzsDISeptember 22, 2021
Apple would later contend that this isn’t a problem and claim that the apparent defect is in fact something that exists in all LED screens.
That defense has not proved enough for everyone, and now there’s a class action lawsuit underway to try and force the issue.
As MacRumors reports, the suit filed by Christopher Bryan of Colorado claims that the iPad mini 6’s display “bends, warps, blurs and obscures text and images rendering the Device unusable.” It adds that users have “reported motion sickness, nausea, vomiting and migraines while using the Device due to the Defect,” citing this forum discussion on MacRumors as evidence.
The suit claims that despite Apple’s claims that this is a problem on all LED displays, it isn’t prominent on the 2020 iPad Air. It then cites an iFixIt teardown video, embedded below, as evidence that the defect is present by design rather than inevitability thanks to the different orientation of the controller board (it’s vertical in the mini, but horizontal in the Air).
“Apple has continued to market the Device without disclosing the nature of the Defect, including in its commercials, advertisements, and packaging,” the suit continues. “Instead, Apple has concealed the Defect, opting instead to market the Devices as capable of enabling the consumer to read, play games, and write despite the fact that each of these functions and features are hampered by…