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" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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56 Comments

1. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

This post is getting stormed soon.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

So like all posts on PA

11. yann

Posts: 604; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

How about battery life after fixing it?

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Less blurring means GPU rendering Should be slightly better

48. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Tim Cook reply to Erica the girl that loves to film stuff.... You are not using the iphone6s plus correctly..

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

There was the same issue with the 6 plus too, and regular 6 was silky smooth.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same here on the Mini 2 Basically any screen with the blur effect lags/drops frames Not sure why since the blur effect looks the same as in iOS 8 as far as I can tell And the rotate animation as well (but the rotate animation frame drops happened in iOS 8 too)

13. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Apple's chipset only excels at low resolution; let them put a 2k res in thier iPhone and we'll see how it lags like sh!t.*cough*

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

So maybe the A9 is not thats good GPU speaking. Might be good on benchmark but real life is another matter.. No wonder they stay away from 2k screen its would die with such screen..

27. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Now let's not get confused. The A9 is a hell of a chip.

39. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

So, how do you justify iPad that provide excellent gaming experience?

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stay tuned here... Trolls will be dropping Apple disses left and right.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

And rightfully so......If a company doesn't fix its issues of a phone which costs more then $1000 then it should be prepared to take some criticism. You addressing them as 'Trolls' will not change the fact. Stop worshiping companies. Your whole strategy of lets label people criticizing Apple as Trolls even before they could comment smells of burtthurtness and fanboyish.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! Now that's funny, I didn't label anyone. You got awfully sensitive there......troll???

28. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Dark, you are a troll...that so happens to skip leg day.

52. discharge unregistered

Darrk is a douche bag and is a Apple fanboy who won't fest that Apple sucks, but yet he's one fanboy that's at the Apple Store getting his junk fixed

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol get em dark.

54. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gotta stay on the trolls Mxy. It's what I do.

50. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

>Trolls will be dropping Apple disses left and right >I didn't label anyone Top Kek.

51. discharge unregistered

Tech2 I agree with you 1000% if they charge that overrated cost and is glitchy Apple should deal with this!! All the $$$ they get and leave Apple users out in the cold and try to fix with corrupt updates no way!! It's called recall the crap!!! Swallow the pride Apple and suck it up and face the issues and take care of the consumer instead of their greed!! They should have a fix already instead of pushing corrupt products out and Apple users know this, that's why Apple Store Genius Bar repair is backed up and fanboys know but won't admit or fessed up!! So deal with it or don't buy the junk!!

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

you are the troll. As tech2 said a 1000$ device should NEVER lag inside the UI. Yep Samsung fail as well on thats end as HTC , LG and sony phone are all smoother on the UI.

49. iushnt

Posts: 3032; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Lol, please quit your phone selling job for the betterment of this society..

62. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung doesn't have any $1000 phones.

53. discharge unregistered

Good we have to tell the truth to you fanboys that don't understand Apple sucks and all you're iOS issues, hell just wait till next year, see the worst yet

57. Jango

Posts: 369; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Classic troll comment here by Dark. Also, seems quite fanboyish to comment like that in an article describing basic UI flaws in iOS that Apple fanboys normally puke at when it happens on Android.

4. Podrick

Posts: 1282; 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: 1282; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

The irony.

59. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

I spit the truth! deal with it.

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