iPad Too many folders cause animation lag ...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TheLondonFella, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. TheLondonFella Suspended


    Oct 6, 2014
    I've found out what causes animation lag on my 4th gen iPad.

    Too many folders on one screen!

    This causes lag/stuttering when opening apps, closing app windows, using spotlight and even searching in Safari.

    As I remove folders from a page, the animation gets smoother and smoother.

    My iPhone 6 has all folders, and no stuttering at all.

    How do you arrange your apps/folders on your iPad?

    I've always had my apps grouped together (eg shop, productivity, news etc) but I'm now going to have to rearrange things as the stuttering is so annoying.

    Maybe I'll think about which apps I use mostly, and have them by themselves on my front page.

  2. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I arrange mine mostly like you do with similar apps within a folder labeled whatever it is they do. I haven't seen such issues on my Air. The wifey has an iPad 4 and she's never complained about lag either and has several folders setup.

    Not sure what to tell ya.
  3. TheLondonFella thread starter Suspended


    Oct 6, 2014
    Cheers, buddy.

    If I have just a few folders, all is ok.

    When I have a full screen of folders, lag ensues.

    This only started happening with iOS 8.

    Your Air is probably ok for the same reason my iPhone 6 is ok: better processor.

    If I reset the Home Screen in settings, everything goes back to being buttery smooth. Then as I add "too many" folders, the lag starts.

    Surprising, as this device can do so many wonderful things (graphically).

    Thanks for the response ...
  4. iPadDad macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2014
    iOS 8 was such a big software upgrade, there is no wonder you are now starting to see a bit of laging. My brothers told me the update to iOS 8 definitly made a difference to thier iPad 4's in terms of slightly slower performance. But yo cant blame Apple, users are getting much better software.

    It may be time for yiu to start looking at an Air 2!
  5. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    I noticed this on my mini 2 once. It's because the folders blur the wallpaper. All the extra work put into the blurring of the folders alone can really take its toll on springboard smoothness and responsiveness.
  6. TheLondonFella thread starter Suspended


    Oct 6, 2014
    Thanks for the response.

    I just can't get on with enhanced contrast.

    That grey is just so distracting.

    And the plain black background in Notification Centre is an eye strain.

    How are you getting around this?

    Or are you putting up with the lag?
  7. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    Yeah I can agree the increase contrast is too distracting as well. I'd love to use it on my mini 2 because even that has a lot of stuttering issues because of the translucency. However, they just made everything way too ugly with increase contrast. Can't get used to it.

    Anyway, I personally am not experiencing issues anymore because I moved to having no folders. Well, I have two, one is for apps I barely use but still want to keep for an oddball occasion where I might need one. The other folder is for random apps I need but don't exactly use everyday. Useless Apple apps are in there as well. It may be hard for you to move to a non-folder setup because you may have way more apps than I do. I only have around 30-40 so, yeah. With this setup I have just two pages and it feels nice and consolidated. You don't need to avoid folders completely, but just try and limit yourself to like a couple per page?
  8. TheLondonFella thread starter Suspended


    Oct 6, 2014
    Hello buddy,

    Thanks for the response, and sorry for the delay in responding.

    I have actually gone back to EC as I just couldn't take the stuttering anymore!

    However, I'm using a beige based wallpaper which works "ok" with it.

    It's basically an image of laminate flooring (the kind which you find in most apartments these days!).

    But it's not just the stuttering. I find that with EC both Spotlight and Safari run much smoother.

    I had a go at going "folder free" the other day. I used the Reset Home Screen function in Settings, and my apps spanned across about 7 screens!

    I then spent about an hour putting them all back - ha!

    I like my iPad to be laid out the same as my iPhone (6) so that navigating around is fluid and intuitive.

    However, I do have many (MANY!) apps which I don't use. I guess I have them there "just incase" I need them.

    Know what I mean?

    I suppose going folder free would be a good way to de-clutter and make things more consolidated, as you say?

    I just find it irritating that my iPad 4 can run such powerful apps/games but it struggles to display a certain number of folders?

    I just don't get it??

    Anyway, thanks again for the response and you have a great weekend.

    All the best ...
  9. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    Yeah I too am puzzled as to why these devices can run games with such incredible graphics but they can't properly run the UI. My iPad mini 2 which is technically an iPad Air (same chipset) is only a year old and UI stuttering is everywhere. Control Center and Notification Center stutter on the lock screen. They stutter when they are used over a keyboard in any circumstance. The split keyboard as a whole is a joke. Sliding down for spotlight stutters, and rotating spotlight is a joke, as well as rotating the power off screen. The blurring into Siri animation isn't usually that smooth either. I often experience stuttering when I first open a folder, but after that it's smooth. Exiting apps sometimes is a jumpy mess.

    Anyway, I went through and deleted over a gig of apps that I never used on my iPad. I have the first page of apps with all the stock apps plus 4 of my most used apps, along with one folder (it has 5 stock apps I never use along with 3 apps I only want because of their Notification Center widgets). I have FaceTime, Messages, Settings, Safari, and Protube (my preferred YouTube app) on the dock.

    On my next page there is one folder with 12 apps in it, all random utilities I would like to keep but rarely use. Then the rest of the page has random apps and games I use on a pretty regular basis. 2 pages, 2 folders. I used to have like 6 pages, actually. I just went and deleted tons of apps I haven't used in months, then put the remaining rarely used apps that I still would like "just in case" together in a folder or two. If I ever need the apps I deleted again I can download them again pretty easily.

    I hope this helps. It took quite awhile to get the final result of two pages but it was well worth it. I was about to restore my iPad as new because I felt it was too cluttered and it was really overwhelming. I was about to start fresh and go with the bare minimum but I avoided that luckily. Much more of a hassle to do that then to just set aside some time to clean out unused apps and put rarely used ones in a couple of folders.

    Good luck on consolidating if you decide to do so!

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