In the middle of this month, Apple presented the iPad mini tablet computer, which is based on the latest proprietary A15 Bionic processor. Last week, the new tablet fell into the hands of buyers, some of whom drew attention to the so-called “jelly effect”, when images from different sides of the screen are scrolled at different speeds. This is especially noticeable in portrait orientation when browsing the web.
The “jelly effect” is more difficult to notice when using landscape orientation, but if you are used to browsing the web on a tablet, then you should definitely pay attention to it. Reports of this problem began to arrive shortly after the iPad mini was on sale. At the moment, it is not known what exactly caused the problem, since the cause of its occurrence can lie in both hardware and software. Apple officials have so far not commented on the matter.
The problem with scrolling web pages in portrait mode will not necessarily interfere with users, especially those used to using a tablet in landscape mode. For others, however, the “jelly effect” can come as an unpleasant surprise. It is currently unknown how widespread the screen problem is. Apparently, Apple is assessing the situation and working out ways to solve the problem, after which the company representatives will give comments on this issue.
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/iq9LGJzsDI
— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) September 22, 2021
Apple artificially limited the performance of the updated iPad mini
Apple has recently unveiled the new sixth generation iPad mini. The device has a new design with flat edges and narrow bezels around the screen; support for 5G and the A15 chipset; also used in smartphones of the iPhone 13 series. However, the results of early tests indicate that Apple slowed down the processor in the new iPad mini.
According to Geekbench benchmarks, the new tablet is 8% less powerful than the iPhone 13 Pro. This is because the processor frequency of the iPad mini is has a 2.93 GHz limitation; while the same chipset in the iPhone 13 Pro is capable of operating at 3.2 GHz.
Obviously, we are talking about an artificial slowdown of the Apple A15 in the tablet; since it is certainly not limited in the ability to remove heat from the chip and its power; especially compared to the iPhone. In terms of test scores, the new iPad mini scored 1596 points in Geekbench in single-core and 4558 in multi-core test. In comparison, the iPhone 13 Pro scores 1730 and 4660 points, respectively.
Despite the understated performance compared to the iPhone 13 Pro; the sixth-generation iPad mini outperforms the previous model by 40% in single-core; and 70% in multi-core Geekbench tests. Recall that the fifth generation iPad mini is based on the A12 chip that debuted in the iPhone XS.