Blurred Images/Slow Rendering

Alch3mist

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Right behind you.
I have a 2018 MacBook Pro I7, 16GB and 512 w/ Radeon Pro 560X

I noticed that when I open in image from my photos or an image search on google it takes a few seconds to go from blurry to clear. I even did it side by side with my 2018 iPad; opening the exact same photo and the iPad image became clear faster.

Seems to me like photos on an almost $3k (with AC) rig should resolve much faster. Am I missing something? Should I be concerned here?

It is certainly irritating; even if only on a cost-to-expectation basis.

Any thoughts or experience?
 

pshufd

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I have a 2018 MacBook Pro I7, 16GB and 512 w/ Radeon Pro 560X

I noticed that when I open in image from my photos or an image search on google it takes a few seconds to go from blurry to clear. I even did it side by side with my 2018 iPad; opening the exact same photo and the iPad image became clear faster.

Seems to me like photos on an almost $3k (with AC) rig should resolve much faster. Am I missing something? Should I be concerned here?

It is certainly irritating; even if only on a cost-to-expectation basis.

Any thoughts or experience?
I guess the software uses progressive rendering. You're comparing two different programs on rendering which is an unfair comparison. One could be highly optimized while the other isn't. It isn't necessarily a hardware issue - it could be an issue of taking advantage of hardware vector acceleration.
 
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Howard2k

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How about loading the images from a local drive? How does this perform?
 

Alch3mist

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How about loading the images from a local drive? How does this perform?
I have all my photos in the cloud. I flipped through a bunch of them and it was flawless. SO far I can say it only effects images I view on the internet (regardless on connection speeds) and when I drop images into Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
 

Ruskes

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That would be Internet speed and Browser dependent.
For example Firefox uses SD (Standard Density) on first pass, only after few reloads of the page it provides HD.
The same rule applies to any other app that is using Internet.
Look at your Download speed.

Some info on how fast is the download
  • If the end user’s screen is smaller than 480 pixels show the smartphone layout -Fastest
  • If the screen is larger than 480 pixels but smaller than 1024 pixels show the tablet layout -Fast
  • If the screen is larger than 1024 show the regular desktop layout -not so fast
That is why the iPad is clearer faster (it has less to download).
 
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Painter2002

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+1 on the internet speed and browser. Its likely your internet is running slow or possibly your browser has additional steps that it is processing when opening photos, as @Ruskes suggested.

However, my guess since it is affecting both your iCloud photo drive, and browser, its more than likely your internet download speeds. I'd check that with an app such as Speedtest to get a general idea of your internet speeds.
 
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