iPad Constant reloading of tabs in Safari makes iPad Air useless!

Virgo

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I was trying to do some cyber monday shopping the other night and I grabbed my Air, and with only 3 or 4 tabs open, they kept constantly reloading every time I tabbed between to look at an item or compare to another website. Idk if this is the RAM issue everyone is talking about.. but for some reason I don't remember having this problem on my iPad 3. Is anyone else having this problem?

I've had my Air for a month now, but I'm just thinking at this point it's not worth the $600 and I'm going to return it and just deal with my MacBook Pro and iPhone. I don't expect it to be a super computer, but seriously basic web browsing should not be this much of a hassle. This could have easily been avoided if Apple wasn't so stingy with their planned obsolescence scheme. Shame on them. But oh well, better for my wallet.
 

MisakixMikasa

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Aug 21, 2013
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I was trying to do some cyber monday shopping the other night and I grabbed my Air, and with only 3 or 4 tabs open, they kept constantly reloading every time I tabbed between to look at an item or compare to another website. Idk if this is the RAM issue everyone is talking about.. but for some reason I don't remember having this problem on my iPad 3. Is anyone else having this problem?

I've had my Air for a month now, but I'm just thinking at this point it's not worth the $600 and I'm going to return it and just deal with my MacBook Pro and iPhone. I don't expect it to be a super computer, but seriously basic web browsing should not be this much of a hassle. This could have easily been avoided if Apple wasn't so stingy with their planned obsolescence scheme. Shame on them. But oh well, better for my wallet.
I do not think you can return it after a month... You can sell it online....My iPad mini first generation starts refresh pages after 6 tabs
 

deeddawg

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Jun 14, 2010
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Did you do a hard reboot of the ipad and replicate the behavior?

It's unclear if it's merely an iOS7 bug or an actual physical limitation. No hard evidence saying it's definitively one, the other, or a combination.

Either way, go with whatever makes you feel comfortable.

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I do not think you can return it after a month..
Depends on where it was purchased and whether it was within that store's holiday extended return period. I have a Target Black Friday ipad mini with a return date of February 24, 2014 listed on the receipt. :D
 

Virgo

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I do not think you can return it after a month... You can sell it online....My iPad mini first generation starts refresh pages after 6 tabs
I bought it Nov 2 along with a Smart Case. The Specialist at the store told me I have until January 7th because of Holiday hours. But what's weird is the receipt says the return date for the case was Nov 16... how does that make sense if it goes in conjunction with the iPad itself? o_O

Did you do a hard reboot of the ipad and replicate the behavior?
I just tried that, and now instead of 3 or 4 I can have 5 open without refreshing.. but it refreshes with the 6th.
 

doboy

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There are numerous threads regarding this issue so you decided to just make another?:confused:
 

MisakixMikasa

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Aug 21, 2013
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I bought it Nov 2 along with a Smart Case. The Specialist at the store told me I have until January 7th because of Holiday hours. But what's weird is the receipt says the return date for the case was Nov 16... how does that make sense if it goes in conjunction with the iPad itself? o_O



I just tried that, and now instead of 3 or 4 I can have 5 open without refreshing.. but it refreshes with the 6th.
Oh, the holiday returning policy... Yea...Probably closed down all already opened app? Some app won't cleared out of memory until sometimes later... Yeah. Safari is always memory hog, I am using Maxthon browser...
 

pocketpenguin

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Nov 29, 2012
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I've been using safari, chrome, and mercury browsers. They all are pretty bad at tab refreshing. Mercury has a setting where you can pop up low memory warnings. I've had it warn me when there is only one tab open, after closing lots of tabs.

If all these browsers use the same rendering engine, WebKit, then I think the big problem is there. Having more memory In the device wouldn't hurt and might delay the inevitable for longer, thus providing a better user experience.

When posting here or other forums, I always copy and paste my draft posts before switching to another tab or application. Saved me lots of hair pulling; good thing too cause I don't have that much hair left ;).
 

s2mikey

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Sep 23, 2013
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I've been using safari, chrome, and mercury browsers. They all are pretty bad at tab refreshing. Mercury has a setting where you can pop up low memory warnings. I've had it warn me when there is only one tab open, after closing lots of tabs.

If all these browsers use the same rendering engine, WebKit, then I think the big problem is there. Having more memory In the device wouldn't hurt and might delay the inevitable for longer, thus providing a better user experience.

When posting here or other forums, I always copy and paste my draft posts before switching to another tab or application. Saved me lots of hair pulling; good thing too cause I don't have that much hair left ;).
The problem with more memory being added is that it does NOT fix the problem at all. It may postpone it but that's not an acceptable fix, IMO. I haven't had any trouble at all with mine but apple does need to deal with this. It's a software thing, for sure.
 

Penquin79

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Jan 22, 2011
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Reloading of Pages

In my experience the problem seems to be related to the web pages themselves. On simple pages, like the forums here, I can have seven tabs open before they start reloading. But on Amazon pages for example where the external ad links constantly change the pages reload every time. It seems logical that Safari does reach back out to the web page to see if anything has changed, and if it has it forces a reload. I agree it is a PITA but at the same time seems logical and necessary as there are web sites where you want the page to constantly refresh, such as sports pages that have a play by play reporting feature.
 

lcmazza

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Apr 3, 2012
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The problem with more memory being added is that it does NOT fix the problem at all. It may postpone it but that's not an acceptable fix, IMO. I haven't had any trouble at all with mine but apple does need to deal with this. It's a software thing, for sure.
Yep. It postpones so much that you can even open up another webpage without crashing in the middle.

Useless...

Lol :rolleyes:
 

ZBoater

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Jul 2, 2007
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Adding more RAM to the iPad to fix the Safari problems is like putting more gas in your car to fix an engine problem.

Useless.

Maybe if they fixed Safari/iOS 7 it might make a difference.... Nahhhh, that's silly talk. Give me more RAM!!!!
 

GoCubsGo

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When people write that they will return a $600 iPad and "just deal with" their iPhone and MBP, I wonder how hard life can be. OP I recall this happening on my iPad 3 but not with just 3-4 tabs open. It was a bit more, usually.
 

lcmazza

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Apr 3, 2012
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Adding more RAM to the iPad to fix the Safari problems is like putting more gas in your car to fix an engine problem.

Useless.

Maybe if they fixed Safari/iOS 7 it might make a difference.... Nahhhh, that's silly talk. Give me more RAM!!!!
No dear. The gas would be the battery. Bad comparison. Actually a terrible one, because you clearly have no idea of how 64 bit memory management and high resolution images work on RAM. Do your homework.
 

ZBoater

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No dear. The gas would be the battery. Bad comparison. Actually a terrible one, because you clearly have no idea of how 64 bit memory management and high resolution images work on RAM. Do your homework.
LOL! Ok. I guess that one flew right by you. Let me spell it out.

Low RAM should not result in a crash in a properly coded application. Error handling is programming 101. Be it 1 or 2 or 10GB of RAM, it will always eventually run out, and at that point the app is supposed to handle the condition a lot more gracefully. Unless of course there's a bug in the software.

And since you are such an expert on 64 bit memory management, can you care to explain how memory compression works in this case? I'd be fascinated to hear your explanation. :rolleyes: