iPad No perceivable performance difference between iPad 4 and Air.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by klover, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. klover macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    I'm using an Air and iPad 4 side-by-side (both running 7.0.3) and I'm seeing the exact same issues on both devices:

    1. Stuttering on home screen when using gesture controls.
    2. Wallpaper selection screen stutters/lags when scrolling through wallpaper options.
    3. Still takes an oddly long time to set wallpaper.

    With the x2 CPU upgrade and improved GPU benchmarks, I really expected a much smoother experience. In all honesty, I see no difference in the UI fluidity.

    The weight, form, etc. are all quite good but I'm disappointed with the A7 (or maybe iOS7...not sure).
  2. mytakeontech macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2010
    It is just hype and you fell for it. Good for you!
  3. klover thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    Anandtech's review clearly showed significant CPU and GPU improvements; I based my expectations on that data, not an Apple ad.
  4. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
  5. tx26257 macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2010
    I am on air and I don't have any of the issues you mentioned. I just tried to recreate your issues and couldn't. Did you set up as a new iPad or from backup. Not sure if that would even matter.
  6. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
    cool. 3 things that no one ever does

    i haven't changed the wallpaper on my 3 for 2 years
  7. Jryan93 macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
  8. klover thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    Setup as new, no iCloud use, no Siri. Might just do a DFU restore and see if that helps.
  9. Kariya macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2010
    Maybe you should set up as new. Maybe you have old 'cobwebs' lurking around the OS
  10. klover thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    Weird, it's almost as if different people use devices differently.
    Do you have an Air that doesn't do what I'm seeing?

    How about keyboard lag? That's a pretty common use unless you never type.
  11. irnchriz macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    My new iPad Air is way faster than my iPad 4th Gen. One task of many which the Air does far quicker is set a wallpaper picture. The 4th Gen seems to take an age to do this.
  12. dantracht macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2013
    Between this, and the other thread where people are saying the screen feels plasticy, I am confirmed in my desire to hold on to my iPad 4 and wait to see what the mini retina is like. Thanks for this!
  13. klover thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    It may just be my device as others don't seem to have this issue. I do notice that screen rotations (portrait to landscape) are smooth whereas the iPad 4 would stutter. So there is an improvement in fluidity there.

    Screen definitely feels like plastic despite the fact it's just much thinner glass (a la mini) - touch responsiveness is still excellent though.
  14. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I think you should see it for yourself. Dont trust what someone says. Trust yourself.
  15. dantracht macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2013
    I'm going to wait until after the holidays when both the mini and the air are readily available and I can play with both. I used a mini for a while and like the form factor and the portability. For what I use it for the 4 is a great ipad for the time being.
  16. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    My Mini screen felt quite plastic compared to the iPad 4, but it is much thinner. I don't even notice it one bit now, so hang in. Apple gave specific thinness dimensions regarding the screen during their October event, and I was expecting it to feel the same as the Mini.
  17. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    not everything is about the CPU and GPU

    at this point the only thing better on the Air are some games once they get updated. even then you won't see much difference until software is designed with the A7 in mind which is 18-24 months away
  18. TommyA6 macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2013
    It's due to iOS 7. It still needs some ironing and bug fixing. It will be improved.
  19. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    The fastest CPU in the world won't matter if the system has to fetch from the flash memory to display the home screen icons.

    I was surprised that the simple act of pulling down the search bar still stutters as with my iPad 4. I agree that, on the home screen, the speed feels the same. Safari definitely is faster in reloading and rendering web pages, though.

    I also agree that the screen feels much thinner. Typing on the 4 felt solid and made a low thump sound. Typing on this screen is more of a clicking tap.
  20. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Yeah, you've got specific symptoms on two separate pads, neither of whom often behave like that for others. Sounds less like HW and more like some problem that got ported over.

    Wipe out the 5, see if it goes away. If so, consider importing less. Once that is sorted, wipe out the 4 and test it as well.
  21. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
  22. 007p macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2012
    As everyone has been saying, those sound like software issues not hardware related issues. Its not like the new ipads came out with 7.1, so why were expecting software issues to suddenly be fixed?
  23. syd430 Guest

    We're at the stage where animations and other UI elements deliberately throttled across the board rather than limited by hardware. To see the A7's true capabilities would require you to put it under heavy load such as intensive gaming or video editing. Exactly the kind of stuff most people don't use their tablet for. Hence why there's little benefit of the A7 over the A6 for the average consumer, and shouldn't be a selling point for most people.
  24. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
  25. DFZD macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    iPad performance would be improved with later upgrades, its evident that they have dedicated there updates to iPhones so far. For now, please turn on 'Reduce Motion' and Turn off 'Background App Refresh' if possible.

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