Pro tip: 10.10 on Retina

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by vigilant, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. vigilant macrumors 6502

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    I've been messing with 10.10 on a two week old Macbook Pro Retina, and in general it's been very very good with one exception. Scrolling. Scrolling in any Apple built app that has differing content has been really jerky. This is expected, this is the first beta.

    Just went into Accessibility and selected "Reduce Transparency" and immediately the scrolling jerkiness is gone. Literally gone.

    Not planning on keeping this on forever, but if you are beta testing, and notice this jerkiness, I recommend doing this for the time being. Performance for me in the past hour is now on par with 10.9.

    Note: The only time I noticed the jerkiness has been in 10.10 optimized app's, and I expect for it to disappear since it wasn't sever in the first place. Just enough for me to notice and slightly cringe. The UI is beautiful, and looking forward for the next build to see if that goes away.
     
  2. infernohellion macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! This works. My mid-2012 Retina MacBook Pro has been having choppy scrolling.

    Switching to dedicated graphics helped a lot as well.
     
  3. vigilant thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It makes a huge difference in 13s with Intel too.

    I know it will be fixed but thought it was worth sharing :)
     
  4. cammykool macrumors regular

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    does this only affect retinas? my early 2011 cMBP low tier runs it with NO lag
     
  5. vigilant thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It could very well be. Retinas are pushing out way more pixels so it's more likely to be susceptible to those things.
     
  6. cammykool macrumors regular

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    Okay... off topic do you know why bootcamp assistant is falling all over itself like it is?
     
  7. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    Good to know, thanks. I remember when I first got my retina MacBook Pro, it had mountain lion installed and the scrolling was very laggy. Mavericks fixed it right up, So I'm sure they will do some optimization with Yosemite.
     
  8. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    No surprise that this "trick" improves performance on some machine as in yosemite the transparency isn't behind the windows, but rather window's content itself is transparent to the titlebar so when you are scrolling it's constantly refreshing as well going "behind" the titlebar.
     
  9. mastercheif91 macrumors regular

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    I have found another fix for the poor scrolling performance on retina devices with two graphics cards (the 15 inch macbook pro retina). I use an app called gfxCardStatus that allows one to manually switch between the two cards through a menu conveniently located in the menu bar. Since I have locked the computer to only using the discrete card, the scrolling performance is back to near Mavericks levels.

    The one caveat is that it reduces battery life by 1/3 by my estimations :(, but it's a worthwhile tradeoff for all that beautiful translucency most of the time :D
     
  10. DiscardedPacket macrumors member

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    That helped... but its still really painful / slow / jerky.
     
  11. Fimeg macrumors regular

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    The jerky problem is also resolved in the latest beta of OS X for me. I'm running a 2012 rMBP and am using the Intel graphics card.
     
  12. vigilant thread starter macrumors 6502

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    On 2013 Macbook Pro Retina, the new update makes the jerky scrolling almost gone.

    Overall it's much more fluid.
     

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