iPad 2 still suffers from checkerboarding and constant refreshing in Safari

Discussion in 'iPad' started by zippyzoom, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. zippyzoom macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2009
    I went to my local Apple store yesterday to check out the iPad 2 and was suprised to find that it suffers almost the same browsing downfalls of iPad 1. There were 4 tabs loaded into Safari and the iPad 2 had to constantly refresh 2 out of the 4 sites. Mind you, most of the sites were news sites - NYT, CNN, etc. so it may have had additional pictures, etc however, after watching the video of the browser comparison with IPad 2 vs. iPad 1 I was expecting better.
  2. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    Gee that's the exact opposite of what I experienced trying one myself. Not to mention numerous documented (with video) reports from reputable sites around the intertubez.
  3. iserian macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    Palo Alto Apple Store
    Still have some checkers here but seems to be a bit better than before. 4.3 improved my pad ones as well.
  4. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Doesn't happen nearly as much as the iPad 1. The iPad 2 is much faster hands down.
  5. rydenfan macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    Played with one this weekend at the store and noticed the exact same thing
  6. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

    Surf Monkey

    Oct 3, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I've seen a few checkers on slow loading pages and I've had tabs reload once or twice since getting it, but that's in comparison to iPad 1 where EVERY page showed checkerboard while loading and EVERY tab refreshed when switching to it.
  7. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
    I noticed this with the iPad 2 demo at my apple store. The demo unit had tons of apps running which takes up RAM. Make sure you don't have too many apps open at once.
  8. nduda78 macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2010
    This also has to do with the available RAM. Floor model iPad's in my mind are not good benchmarks for anything unless you kill all the running apps, do a fresh reboot...etc.

    I was just playing with my iPad2 and noticed some safari issues. I opened zTools and noticed I had about 35mb of the 500mb it was reporting free. Cleared my running apps, it jumped to almost 300mb, and safari was running very nice!
  9. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    It's true. A good rule of thumb is to at least kill the App Store when you're done with it as it seems to eat up a sizable chunk of memory.

    Also, isn't the "checkerboard" just iOS's way of showing us that the page isn't finished loading? On a desktop browser, it either doesn't let you scroll down or just shows empty white space, i.e. checkerboarding.
  10. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    @gatearray: Nope, the checker-board simply means it can't display the on-screen content on the page fast enough. Not about internet loading times.

    Don't forget guys, the store demo models will have a ton of apps running in the background, is constantly plugged in, never sees a reboot and will have been worked to death wit RAM-heavy apps like Photobooth and iMovie.
  11. Mitch2742 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Switching between pages on the iPad 2 doesn't cause them to reload for me, thank god. It happened once yesterday but I think that's because I lost my connection and then switched back to a page after I reconnected.
  12. ghostlyorb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    Virginia, USA
    did you make sure there weren't a lot of other apps running in the background? My iPad works great with multiple tabs when there isn't any other apps running.. (maybe 1 or 2)
  13. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Saw this in a few video reviews and was/am a bit surprised.

    Checker-boarding is my #1 pet peeve on my iPhone4.
  14. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I get some checker boarding, usually when I'm scrolling very quickly, but my tabs hardly ever reload.
  15. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    It can't display the content "fast enough" because it's not downloaded yet. It has everything to do with the speed of the Internet connection and website. It displays he checkerboard in place of content that hasn't downloaded yet.

    For the record, on my new iPad, I still see the same page refresh issues as before, just not as often.
  16. ssspinball macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    It's odd that so many people here don't understand how the multitasking works in iOS.

    1. When the OS needs more memory, background apps are closed.

    2. Just because an app is in the multitasking tray DOES NOT mean it is actually running!
  17. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    What other apps do you think are running in the background?

    +1 - This is a big pet peeve of mine.
  18. ozred macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2011
    As far as browsers in general I really liked Safari until 2 years ago. Same thing on my iPhone, but lately on iPad 1 & 2, I prefer Mercury. It's so much better.
  19. trajen macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I don't understand what the big deal about all this is. Why do you want more than a couple tabs open anyway? Porn only needs one tab.
  20. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    Let's see shall we?

    I will load the Engadget desktop website on my iPhone 4. Oh look, loading's finished. Checkerboarding. Also how can you explain a side-by-side comparison of iPad 1 and iPad 2 browsers showing checkerboarding on the iPad 1 but none on the iPad 2. They're in the same room - surely all the content has already been downloaded off the internet, thus is must be due to the internal memory, NOT the internet connection.
  21. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    True. I played with Galaxy Tab in a trade show and can't even type in Google Search lol. The device just crawled.
  22. fanboy05 macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2011
    Yes it does, it is not a computer with lots of ram ... It is still a tablet...
  23. Bob Sanders macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2011
    The Galaxy Tab is the worst consumer electronics device I have ever attempted to use. Thankfully I didn't buy one, was just testing in a store.
  24. stylinexpat macrumors 65816


    Mar 6, 2009
    How do you close them?
  25. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Hold on until it jiggles, like you are trying to move the icon, Sind in the tray you will see a res circle with a "-". Just press that and the app will be removed. On a side note, I wish we could just flick them out of the tray like you're closing a card in webOS.

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