The iPhone 6s Plus framerate dropping, and how to fix it (video)

The iPhone 6s Plus framerate dropping, and how to fix it (video)
If you look carefully at the video below, you'll notice that the iPhone 6s Plus transition animations seem to be set at a slower frames per second pace than the ones on the smaller, lower-res iPhone 6s. It looks like Apple's new phablet draws the transitions at 30fps when you do Peek and Pop with the 3D Touch option, preview photos, or dismiss the Spotlight search screen, whereas the same actions on the smaller iPhone yield noticeably smoother, likely 60fps transitions.

The issue is not something the average user would spot and be worried about, of course, as it takes a trained eye to observe the difference, and even then it's only in comparison with the iPhone 6s Plus's smaller sibling. Now, whether Apple has decided to do this because of the higher screen resolution, so as not to task the chipset unnecessarily, or it simply overlooked the refresh rate, remains to be seen, but some suggest there might be an easy fix if that frame dropping is bothering you, now that you saw the difference in the video below. 

The A9 chipset is certainly more than capable for any power interface redraws or complex transitional animations you throw at it, so you can head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast > switch on Reduce Transparency, and see if this fixes things for you.


source: Erica Griffin (YouTube)

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iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2750 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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56 Comments

61. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

It doesn't just work, it simply fails to. Meh

56. GeekMovement unregistered

Really enjoy Erica's reviews.

55. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Not really a big issue, but... It shouldn't have to be fixed in the first place. Apple markets itself as a premium product maker. We all know it, the clich├ęd "it just works" motto. Not, "It should work. But, if that doesn't work then try this... It might work." That's not premium.

46. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO laggate lol

35. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Just got mine yesterday. So much faster then my Note 3 that really haven't notice. But still getting familiar.

19. patrickf3

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

I wonder if the rendering at a higher resolution and then downscaling it to 1080p has something to do with it. I feel as though the hardware is capable of pushing a 1080p display, at least I would hope it does.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

On papper and benchmark its look like it but synthetic benchmark almost never do the job like real world usage. IF they render at higher resolution then downscal is they need to stop doing thats as the GPU is obviously unable to do it correctly at 1080p.

33. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You keep spewing the same FUD, but it seems like you are only trying to convince yourself. The A9 is a beast and you are just wrong, full stop.

18. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Iphone 6s plus 6 plus Apple lagg good job, as did evil in the world Apple is celebrated.

16. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Here's to lag free iphones with no problems... lol.

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

*grabs popcorn* dis gon be good!

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Meh, no big deal IMO...

8. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I'm so shocked that since the iPhone 6 Plus launched it has always had a noticeable lag yet no one complains about it. If it was in the android camp I will read it everywhere on the Internet. I've been using my 6 plus almost 8 months now and have given up on any smooth performance. Frame drop is equal to lag. Don't try to sugar coat the words. a proud 6 plus owner but the phone does lag. Even some games lag terrible

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Apple's chipset only excels at low resolution; 750p is midrange spec. let them put a 2k res in thier iPhone and we'll see how it lags like sh!t. And tech website will always cover up for Apple, but bash any other Android phone of lag! *cough*

30. Shocky unregistered

False, it does fine at 1080p in games and benchmarks, it completely destroys current Android devices in terms of graphics performance at the same resolution. I'm not an Apple fan at all, but the GPU in the A9 is a beast, do some research and stop spouting BS.

42. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Hexacore posts nothing but Apple hate on this site. He made a new account just to do so. He's probably just mad that Apple declined his mommies credit card when doing a credit check for the new Apple program.

60. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

that's because i'm not brainwashed by the bitten-fruit to worship thier products. deal with it. *cough*

7. Shocky unregistered

The device has a great GPU so I don't understand the point in this, seems pointless and very strange considering they had the same issue with the iPhone 6 Plus..

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The device cant handle higher resolution. Its look all good in benchmark but high resolution is what really test a GPU ability. the A9 GPU perform like a beast on 720p but lag at 1080p just think how bad its would be at 2k screen.. Thats where multi core help also.

29. Shocky unregistered

marorun talking nonsense again. The GPU in the A9 is beastly, this is just lazyness from Apple as games and benchmarks don't have this issue.

31. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

So dumb..LOL. Apple's chips has been pushing high resolution since the A5. I'll let you think about that for a second since you're slow.

37. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

then I must be really dumb coz I don't get your statement... I guess anyone can do calculus and get 90+

44. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yes you are. Explain how even the two year old A7 powers the iPad Mini with Retina screen just fine. I'll wait.

58. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Yet the OG mini lagggggggs like he-he-hell

40. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

marorun, what about iPad? Apple chip seems to be doing an excellent job there.

47. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

The A9 doesn't run a 720p screen, it runs a 750p screen. If your going to troll, at least get the proper information first.

4. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

#Framegate

14. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

#Laggate #sluggishgate *cough*

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Making bad posts seems to be your thing.

38. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

The irony.

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