1. Tap highlighted icon
2. Suppress the instinct to tap the first entry (high failure rate here :))
3. Pull to refresh
4. Wait for refresh
5. Hit the new first entry
Either this happens to everyone, then it contradicts your point, because not every normal user knows how to pull-to-refresh. Especially since there's no visual indicator for this at all.
Or this bug only affects some users, and then it explains why you are happy. My girlfriend on the original iPad certainly has the same problem.