Why doesn't Safari have smooth scrolling?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by dokindo, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. dokindo macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2009
    Like Twitter or even the settings app?
    Annoying coming from jb iOS 7.
  2. Puonti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    Seems perfectly smooth on my mini, atleast here on MacRumors. Perhaps scrolling issues are related to the websites you visit?
  3. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Its very hit or miss on my devices. A lot of iPhone 6 owners commenting on a laggy scrolling in the iPhone section too. I'm assuming this will be corrected by Apple in an update.
  4. ionjohn macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2013
    I sense laggyness in the wallpaper section with my 6
  5. TommyA6 macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2013
    The OP wasn't about choppy animation or laggyness. Settings app uses different scrolling compared to Safari.

    With one swipe in the settings app you can practically go all the way down to the bottom of the screen (like in Android web browsers), while in Safari it only scrolls a bit (It feels more controlled), and will only switch to "smooth", less controlled scrolling if you swipe fast a few times.

    This is programmed like this on purpose. When you're in Safari, most of the times you don't need to go to the bottom of the page immediately. You move slowly to the bottom of the page, while reading articles, looking at pictures etc.
    When you open the settings app, more often then not, you open it to find something specific, and you know approximately where it is. So it makes sense to have "smooth", faster scrolling there. You can get to your desired setting faster (You don't go to the settings app to scroll little by little, reading everything on the page, you go to the specific setting immediately ).
  6. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    I came here after a search for iPhone 6 scrolling. I'm seeing the same issues as well, definitely in Safari, comparing the same site (this one).

    Both devices (an iPad Air and iPhone 6 Plus) are on iOS 8. The iPad Air has "momentum scrolling" just fine, where if you "swoosh" your finger, the page scrolls quickly. The iPhone 6, however, doesn't at all. When you "swoosh" with your finger, it scrolls slowly and immediately stops once the finger is lifted.

    Hopefully it's something that gets fixed in a future update. The iPhone 6 Plus is a fantastic device, otherwise. :)
  7. dokindo thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2009
    Yes, this is what I meant.

    The reason for not having it in Safari but in Twitter or FB, doesn't seem to make sense since in those apps you are also just scrolling along not looking for a specific setting.

    Interesting that the ipad air has momentum scrolling.
  8. macUser2007 macrumors 65832

    May 30, 2007
    I see occasional stutter on my iPhone 6 Plus. Nothing terrible, but it's there.

    I am starting to wonder if it's the 1GB of RAM on the phone which is the reason for it? If it is, it doesn't bode well for future iOS and apps updates, which get bulkier with every version (64bit is here to stay).
  9. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    Smoothest scrolling ever was on a hot-rodded Amiga 1000 retired in 1995. Second best ever is Opera Coast Browser on iOS. Opera has always been the browser innovator. Everyone else copies, including Apple.
  10. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    It does have smooth scrolling, it's just the physics has been turned WAYY DOWN.

    On my 6, when I scroll, it does has inertia, but the force of acceleration stops very abruptly compared to when I scroll on my MacBook.

    They probably did that because usually you aren't always sliding to the very bottom of a web page. I can see how it can be bothersome. Maybe they'll change it in an update so that the slow down isn't as quick.
  11. Mactaculious macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2014
    I've noticed only on my iPhone 6 Plus running 8.3, it's definitely as responsive as my iPad Air 2.

    It's like i have to perform LONG swipes down just to get more of the page to scroll, whereas on my iPad it just flies with small flicks.

    Any news if they're going to address this for the iPhone 6?
  12. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's been like that on iPhones pretty much all the time. So not likely something they have to "address" from their view of it.
  13. Mactaculious macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2014
    I see, that's too bad. Must be a limitation then if they're not able to address it. I see no reason why you would want to intentionally slow down the scrolling speed. It's terribly sluggish.
  14. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's not that get slow it down, it's more that they aren't using inertia scrolling there for whatever reason.
  15. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    It seems very strange that they have full-on inertia scrolling in the stock Notes and Contacts apps but not the web browser.
  16. Cozmosis macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Probably a combination of the RAM and underpowered video hardware for the scaling required.
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    I think it's one type of scrolling through screens that are lists of items essentially and then a different type on screens that are content basically, and in case of a browser all pages are content essentially.
  18. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    When your browser has reloaded on you *again*, you need to scroll down fast to where you were previously. This slow scrolling does make things even more tedious due to all the reloading.
  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Well, that's a different problem basically (the reloading issue).

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