Apple Notes Slow on High Sierra

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by ajaan, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. ajaan macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2013
    Title says it all.

    I've got a fairly new rMBP. Use notes all the time. And I do use it for serious, longer notes, rather than shopping lists.

    But no problems on iOS11. No problems on Sierra.

    Since the upgrade to HS, notes has been glitchy and slow, even basic stuff like deleting text (there's a delay) or copying and pasting.

    I've got about 600 notes. Average note size is probably around 600-800 words. Just text, no attachments etc. Seem to have got slower with both HS and the number of notes, rather than the length of the notes. I'm wondering if the Notes database can handle higher numbers. Disappointing if it can't. As Evernote handles 1000s.

    No other app is as slow as Notes, not even MS Word
  2. hifivoice macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    Having the same problems here, both on iOS11 as on the iMac, Notes became significantly slower. Especially editing is very sluggish, text not updating properly etc. Looks like debug code that got stuck, or a programmer that forgot to profile his code decently.

    Overall, High Sierra contains a lot of issues, it is one of the worst updates since long times.
  3. tfitzsimons macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2008
  4. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I don’t have this issue on my 2011 27” iMac. I have almost 900 notes, about 100 with an attachment. Maybe logging out from iCloud and log in again will help?
  5. rmaximo macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2015
    I have the issue and it is absolutely maddening. Absolutely unacceptable. I can't believe something like this made it into a final release of a software release. It's embarrassing.
  6. EmPPgamer macrumors newbie


    Apr 13, 2014
    Same here, barely usable when editing now. Good 20-30 second lag sometimes before a delete or enter command registers. caught me the fist time as I thought it was my keyboard, so pressed it a few times then suddenly all the presses register at once. Totally unacceptable and shoddy.

    I think this is the worst update Apple have EVER released, both High Sierra and iOS 11. Talk about downhill. Glad I'm finally starting to phase out of the Apple system. Was happy to pay the premium before when it did all 'just work'. Not now! iPhone gone, Apple TV gone and this will DEFINTELY be the last Mac Book
  7. Logam macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
  8. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

    Cool Pup

    Jun 18, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Yep. Same here. I use the Notes app frequently but always clear things out when done, so I only have about 15 registered and it is laggy and the input seems off. It didn't seem to do this on the first release of High Sierra, so I'm hoping people who have the beta of the new OS can check in and see if there's any issues of the Notes app on their end.
  9. hifivoice macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
  10. DarkoDonnie macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2013
    This had been killing me! I thought it was my Notes being too long, or my heavy use of emoji's - but even small notes had it. Every time I wrote a line, hit return, I can to `cmd+a` the document to see the change. I don't know the code term for it, but it was as if the screen had to be forced to re-draw itself.

    Was looking into and Evernote, but as above, ppdating 10.13 to 10.13.1 resolved the issue.
  11. BluAffiliate macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010
  12. hifivoice macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    With one of the subsequent OS releases, the problem disappeared.
  13. joss.b macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2018
    Not in my case. I have a 2018 MacBook Pro running Mojave 10.14.1, and Apple Notes is almost unusable. Same as in High Sierra.
  14. uchlee macrumors newbie


    Oct 20, 2017
    Neither for me. I have an iMac and a MBP running Mojave 10.14.1.

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