iOS 9 Safari missing inertia scrolling?

timmciglobal

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Hi,

Just came back to iOS from Samsung world (had used original iphone all way up to iPhone 4) and noticed something odd. In Safari inertia scrolling (where you flick and the page scrolls more/based on flick speed) appears to be gone in safari? Quite difficult to scroll through a large page. I downloaded Chrome and it's working there.

iPhone 6s Plus running latest iOS stable release.

Thanks,

Tim
 

XTheLancerX

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I noticed that my iPad on iOS 9 has much more inertia when scrolling, actually. iPhone 6 has opposite thing going on though, since iOS 9. I enjoy the scrolling on my iPad but my iPhone sometimes requires repeated, almost violent, full screen-length swipes. Quite frustrating when it comes up.
 

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I noticed that my iPad on iOS 9 has much more inertia when scrolling, actually. iPhone 6 has opposite thing going on though, since iOS 9. I enjoy the scrolling on my iPad but my iPhone sometimes requires repeated, almost violent, full screen-length swipes. Quite frustrating when it comes up.
Me also, it's been this way for awhile..same thing in 8.4.1 for iPad and iPhone.
 

XTheLancerX

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Me also, it's been this way for awhile..same thing in 8.4.1 for iPad and iPhone.
I didn't *really* notice this until iOS 9 though. It was there in 8, but I am positive I got more inertia on my iPad and less on my iPhone upon going from 8 to 9. It was that way before, but only somewhat. Now the difference has just been sort of emphasized.
 

Aston441

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Mercury browser had perfect scrolling until some as yet unknown evil entity bought it and purposefully ruined it.
 

sunking101

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It doesn't bother me because if I'm on a webpage I'm usually reading it. Who opens up a webpage and then manically scrolls to the bottom? Yes Android allows it but then once at the bottom you need to manically scroll back up again. At least iOS allows you to touch the top of the screen to go straight to the top again.
 

Muzzakus

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Yes, the beautiful renowned inertia scrolling is broken in safari and email. I'm baffled by what's going on at Apple Hq that this is not tested for or addressed.
 

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Yes, the beautiful renowned inertia scrolling is broken in safari and email. I'm baffled by what's going on at Apple Hq that this is not tested for or addressed.
As a number of linked threads in an earlier reply show, it wasn't there in Safsri for a while now (at least not on iPhones).
 

Muzzakus

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As a number of linked threads in an earlier reply show, it wasn't there in Safsri for a while now (at least not on iPhones).
Makes it even more bizzare. It's jarring going between inertia everywhere then sandpaper in safari and mail. Why is it like this?? Why hasn't it been addressed, does no one at Apple use their own products or care?
 

C DM

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Makes it even more bizzare. It's jarring going between inertia everywhere then sandpaper in safari and mail. Why is it like this?? Why hasn't it been addressed, does no one at Apple use their own products or care?
Perhaps for whatever reason that is how they want it to be in those various places.
 

gordon1234

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Makes it even more bizzare. It's jarring going between inertia everywhere then sandpaper in safari and mail. Why is it like this?? Why hasn't it been addressed, does no one at Apple use their own products or care?
Well first off, it's not no inertial scrolling, it's just less inertial scrolling. I think which mode is used depends on the context. Most of the time when you browse a web page, you start reading from the top, and most scrolling is done in small increments as you read to the bottom. This sort of scrolling is easier to control with minimal inertia. More inertia is useful for cases where you need to rapidly scroll a long way. It makes sense in places like the settings app where depending on the setting, you might need to do a lot of scrolling. I think the mode used just depends on how Apple thinks you will want to scroll in a given app. Personally, I like Safari just the way it is and would be annoyed if they changed it, and it would seem Apple does as well…
 
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Muzzakus

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Well first off, it's not no inertial scrolling, it's just less inertial scrolling. I think which mode is used depends on the context. Most of the time when you browse a web page, you start reading from the top, and most scrolling is done in small increments as you read to the bottom. This sort of scrolling is easier to control with minimal inertia. More inertia is useful for cases where you need to rapidly scroll a long way. It makes sense in places like the settings app where depending on the setting, you might need to do a lot of scrolling. I think the mode used just depends on how Apple thinks you will want to scroll in a given app. Personally, I like Safari just the way it is and would be annoyed if they changed it, and it would seem Apple does as well…

How odd that anyone would find such inconsistent behaviour a positive. It doesn't even follow this philosophy on iPad to make it even more weird. I guess each to his own.
 
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archvile

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Well first off, it's not no inertial scrolling, it's just less inertial scrolling. I think which mode is used depends on the context. Most of the time when you browse a web page, you start reading from the top, and most scrolling is done in small increments as you read to the bottom. This sort of scrolling is easier to control with minimal inertia. More inertia is useful for cases where you need to rapidly scroll a long way. It makes sense in places like the settings app where depending on the setting, you might need to do a lot of scrolling. I think the mode used just depends on how Apple thinks you will want to scroll in a given app. Personally, I like Safari just the way it is and would be annoyed if they changed it, and it would seem Apple does as well…

This is exactly correct. I have noticed as well, on "long" websites, Safari will adjust the level of inertia when scrolling if you are trying to scroll a lot of content very quickly. It requires you to scroll down the page pretty vigorously and it will kick in and start scrolling the page faster. Also I think websites may have some control over the scrolling inertia setting, as some websites do "feel" different than others. Medium.com is one that comes to mind.
 

GreyOS

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iPhone safari has had slow scrolling compared to other areas of iOS for a long time. I always presumed Apple decided, for whatever reasons -perhaps including user acceptance testing - that it was a more appropriate for web browsing. However, having recently got an iPad Air 2, I was surprised to find how fast safari scrolling is on that. Whilst there are definitely differences between the two devices which would allow room for usability features to be tweaked differently between them, I'm puzzled by the difference. It feels so good on an iPad.
 

raab

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It's funny, was one of the things I missed most when going from the iPhone 3GS to the Samsung Galaxy S2 - the scrolling in Android was terrible back then

Coming back to iPhone from a Nexus 5 the slow scrolling in Safari is a bit annoying but oh well!