iPad Annoying problem in iOS 7.1 reduced motion mode

CutterSlade

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Hi all,


After I updated my iPad 4's OS to 7.1, I've started to have a weird problem related to the animations when the reduce motion setting is enabled.


The app switcher animations are gone. Whenever I use the 4-finger gesture to open up the app switcher (I'm referring to the the screen that lets me switch between the apps that are currently open), the device freezes for 1-2 seconds and then the app switcher suddenly pops up, without any animation. After it is opened, the touch input doesn't work for another second. The same thing happens when I select an app from the switcher to open it. It simply waits idle, then opens the app suddenly without animations, after which the screen becomes unresponsive to touch input for about a second. As far as I know, the correct behaviour in those cases in iOS 7.1 is fading in and out and the screen should have been responsive the second the animations are done.

Have anyone experienced this? I've seen only a few people mention this problem on the web, so I'm guessing that this doesn't happen to everyone, even though I have no idea why. My iPad is not jailbroken and I didn't have any problems with it until now.


I hope that Apple can find a solution to this because it seems like a bug to me.
 

phpmaven

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Hi all,


After I updated my iPad 4's OS to 7.1, I've started to have a weird problem related to the animations when the reduce motion setting is enabled.


The app switcher animations are gone. Whenever I use the 4-finger gesture to open up the app switcher (I'm referring to the the screen that lets me switch between the apps that are currently open), the device freezes for 1-2 seconds and then the app switcher suddenly pops up, without any animation. After it is opened, the touch input doesn't work for another second. The same thing happens when I select an app from the switcher to open it. It simply waits idle, then opens the app suddenly without animations, after which the screen becomes unresponsive to touch input for about a second. As far as I know, the correct behaviour in those cases in iOS 7.1 is fading in and out and the screen should have been responsive the second the animations are done.

Have anyone experienced this? I've seen only a few people mention this problem on the web, so I'm guessing that this doesn't happen to everyone, even though I have no idea why. My iPad is not jailbroken and I didn't have any problems with it until now.


I hope that Apple can find a solution to this because it seems like a bug to me.
If you haven't already tried it, do a hard reset and if that doesn't fix the problem, take it to Apple. That's definitely not normal.
 

sbailey4

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Reduce motion setting turns off the animations. So you will get a "fade" now not the zoom in/out. That it by design.
 

CutterSlade

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Reduce motion setting turns off the animations. So you will get a "fade" now not the zoom in/out. That it by design.
I've already stated in my message above that I'm aware of that fact. There isn't any kind of animation on my device. Neither zoom in/out nor fade in/out. It just "jumps" from one screen to another after 1-2 seconds of freezing.

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If you haven't already tried it, do a hard reset and if that doesn't fix the problem, take it to Apple. That's definitely not normal.

Yeah, I agree that it is not normal. As far as I understand from the other posts in the web, this problem only happens in iPad 4.

Unfortunately hard reset didn't solve anything. How can I let Apple know? Is there a link to send bug reports or something?
 

notrack

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I've already stated in my message above that I'm aware of that fact. There isn't any kind of animation on my device. Neither zoom in/out nor fade in/out. It just "jumps" from one screen to another after 1-2 seconds of freezing.

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Yeah, I agree that it is not normal. As far as I understand from the other posts in the web, this problem only happens in iPad 4.

Unfortunately hard reset didn't solve anything. How can I let Apple know? Is there a link to send bug reports or something?
Same issue on iPad 2. Instead of the fade-animation, there is a short freeze resulting in an unanimated "hard" switch.
 

CutterSlade

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Same issue on iPad 2. Instead of the fade-animation, there is a short freeze resulting in an unanimated "hard" switch.
Ok then the problem is not iPad 4 only.

I'm having a hard time understanding how can the exactly same OS behave differently on devices having the exactly same hardware.:confused:
 

Vanilla35

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I'm having a hard time understanding how can the exactly same OS behave differently on devices having the exactly same hardware.:confused:
Not all phones act the same (when given software). Same with human cells. Not all of them act the same way. There has been research (the last 3 years) that states that cells use proteins (which is how they react to a situation) in a random manner. So for instance, in the case of the Pelagia noctiluca (Glowing Jelly fish), the cells of the creature will react differently; with some of them lighting up, and some of them not.
 

CutterSlade

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Not all phones act the same (when given software). Same with human cells. Not all of them act the same way. There has been research (the last 3 years) that states that cells use proteins (which is how they react to a situation) in a random manner. So for instance, in the case of the Pelagia noctiluca (Glowing Jelly fish), the cells of the creature will react differently; with some of them lighting up, and some of them not.
Of course all phones act the same, as long as they work properly that is. What I said was just rhetorical. They either have a bug in the update process, or they have a bug in 7.1 that makes the animations depend on something irrelevant on the system, or perhaps on some combination of settings and that's why it only happens in some devices.
 

Vanilla35

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Of course all phones act the same, as long as they work properly that is. What I said was just rhetorical. They either have a bug in the update process, or they have a bug in 7.1 that makes the animations depend on something irrelevant on the system, or perhaps on some combination of settings and that's why it only happens in some devices.
Aw come on man, don't go crushing my metaphorical comparison like that :)

Haha but yeah, pretty much.
 

Mlrollin91

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Maybe I misread your post, but according to the 7.1 update change log this is on purpose, not a bug.

"- Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations "

So when reduce motion is turned on, there will be zero animations.
 

CutterSlade

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Maybe I misread your post, but according to the 7.1 update change log this is on purpose, not a bug.

"- Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations "

So when reduce motion is turned on, there will be zero animations.
No, it is a bug. As stated by me and others several times above, the multitasking UI animations are changed to fade in/out from zoom in/out just like the other ones were. They would never make any kind of transition with "zero animations" on purpose.

I've already seen it work correctly on other devices. It should fade in/out, but instead jumps with no animation on my device.
 

Mlrollin91

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No, it is a bug. As stated by me and others several times above, the multitasking UI animations are changed to fade in/out from zoom in/out just like the other ones were. They would never make any kind of transition with "zero animations" on purpose.

I've already seen it work correctly on other devices. It should fade in/out, but instead jumps with no animation on my device.
Okay, my bad. All 5 iOS devices in my household do it the same way with jumping not fading in/out so I figured it was by design.
 

Vanilla35

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Okay, my bad. All 5 iOS devices in my household do it the same way with jumping not fading in/out so I figured it was by design.
Lmao. That sucks man. Mine definitely fades even on 7.1 (I tested it). They appear slowly and disappear slowly. That's the animation. There is no sudden jerk with new windows or apps
 

CutterSlade

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Okay, my bad. All 5 iOS devices in my household do it the same way with jumping not fading in/out so I figured it was by design.
All 5 devices? Yeah that definitely sucks man:(

I've already reported this bug to Apple. I think you should too. The more people reports it, the higher the chance we getting rid of this bug.
 

Mlrollin91

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All 5 devices? Yeah that definitely sucks man:(

I've already reported this bug to Apple. I think you should too. The more people reports it, the higher the chance we getting rid of this bug.
I've gotten to the point where I keep reduce motion off because of the changes made is 7.0.3/7.04 with the removal of folder animations. It just didn't seem right having the fade in/out versus the movement.

But yes, I will definitely report the issue.
 
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HMI

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Okay, my bad. All 5 iOS devices in my household do it the same way with jumping not fading in/out so I figured it was by design.
Please list which specific iOS devices do this (no animation/2 second delay/jump) response when entering/exiting the multi-tasking/app switching mode.

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Lmao. That sucks man. Mine definitely fades even on 7.1 (I tested it). They appear slowly and disappear slowly. That's the animation. There is no sudden jerk with new windows or apps
Which specific iOS device do you own that still has a fade animation effect when entering/exiting the multi-tasking/app switching mode while "Reduce Motion" is set to ON using iOS 7.1 ?
 

sw6lee

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Same issue on iPad 3. Apple really ruined ipad 3 experience with ios 7.1 for me. :( too laggy and buggy. Yes, I did a clean install.
 

iolinux333

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Not all phones act the same (when given software). Same with human cells. Not all of them act the same way. There has been research (the last 3 years) that states that cells use proteins (which is how they react to a situation) in a random manner. So for instance, in the case of the Pelagia noctiluca (Glowing Jelly fish), the cells of the creature will react differently; with some of them lighting up, and some of them not.
drugs are bad
 

sw6lee

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Could someone with iPad 2, 3, or 4 who upgraded to iOS 8 check if this missing animation bug is fixed? I know that iOS 8 is laggy, but my iPad 3 is already pretty laggy on iOS 7.1.2, but if I want to use reduce motion option to reduce the animation lag, on 7.1.2, the missing animation in app switcher is annoying. But I'm wondering if I upgrade to iOS 8, the animation bug is fixed? If so, I'm just going to upgrade cause I can have proper fade animations.

Please someone reply..thanks.
 

Lusitano

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Could someone with iPad 2, 3, or 4 who upgraded to iOS 8 check if this missing animation bug is fixed? I know that iOS 8 is laggy, but my iPad 3 is already pretty laggy on iOS 7.1.2, but if I want to use reduce motion option to reduce the animation lag, on 7.1.2, the missing animation in app switcher is annoying. But I'm wondering if I upgrade to iOS 8, the animation bug is fixed? If so, I'm just going to upgrade cause I can have proper fade animations.

Please someone reply..thanks.
Hello. I have updated to iOS 8 on my iPad 4 and The problem continues... Ridiculous
 

chrisworld

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Hello, you're not alone. Just today I finally updated my iPad 3rd Generation. (Retina Display, 30-pin). This bug has not been fixed as of iOS 8.0.2.

I remember last year updating to iOS 7 on my 4s and having to use this same feature, however the dissolve/fade animations were very fluid and functional on everything. I have a 6 now so that doesn't matter. With the iPad however, it's the same issue you describe. The fade animation is fine on everything, except when going to the app switcher. It literally breaks the Apple experience.

In iOS 7, I didn't have to do this because the iPad 3 seemed to handle the normal animations just fine. However not in iOS 8, the animations are beyond choppy enough to destroy the Apple experience, and the reduce motion bug places myself and other older device owners in a real rock and a hard place. Do we keep the laggy and choppy animations that slow the system down, or accept the one single bug with one (rather important) feature?

If this is fixed I may very well not have an issue from here on out until I upgrade to a newer iPad.

Sadly, being a very long time Apple consumer I am not surprised (and neither should you be) with what I am about to say - I am fine with leaving out features on old devices, but totally ruining a device's performance instantly after a new OS comes out is probably the worst part of being an Apple product owner.

I even hopped back into iBooks, which performed fine on iOS 7, to find that school books I have in PDF format render VERY slow and are blank when changing pages for a good 1-3 seconds. This is also highly unacceptable in my opinion.