For those annoyed with UI lag

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by blurobot, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. blurobot macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    I love my new macbook but the lag was killing me to the point that I want to return it. I went back to the apple store and tried a demo and the lag wasn't as pronounced, just like when I first tried it, so I started looking around and tried that:

    I know this is nothing new but doing this + turning off transparency seemed to have helped tremendously. It's truly night and day. I wished I would have taken a small before/after video. Or am I going crazy?

    I dunno if lag will come back or not but so far so good after 30 minutes. Would be nice to see if that help some other users...
  2. headcase macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    From my perspective, transparency in Yosemite is truly needless eye candy. I remember the days when OS X didn't have it, and to me it still looks easier on the eyes turned OFF, not to mention easier on the CPU/GPU/battery. Same thing with turning on Reduce Motion in iOS.
  3. blurobot thread starter macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    Couldn't agree more. Reminds me of vista TBH but truth is it barely helped to disable it until I did the steps above.

    If anyone with lag problems could try that to see if I am not going crazy it would be sweet
  4. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    funnily I remember the days when OSX had it a lot in the flyout menus and headers back in 2001

    They slowly started toning it down because of the poor user experience when the transparent items are in front of a busy/high contrast texture.

    In Apples defense they do transparency a lot better now with the Guassian blur but it's surprisingly intensive, hence why older hardware is having trouble. My late 2011 MBA has slightly laggy window effects with Yosemite, and according to geekbench it's pretty comparable to the new Macbooks.

    Still sucks though.
  5. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    Huh... I haven't really noticed any lag in Yosemite on my 2009 MBP. Only lag there is is the volume alert takes a while to appear after it hasn't appeared in a while. Other than that it seems fine...
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2008
    The Netherlands
    how do you turn off transparency ??

  7. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    System Preferences -> Accessibility -> Display -> Reduce Transparency

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