Why scrolling in Safari on iOS 11 suddenly feels much faster



You know the feeling - the web page you were scrolling through on your iPhone used to lose inertia the second your finger lost touch with the display. According to one Apple WebKit developer: "In current iOS Safari, webpage scrolling is inconsistent from all other scrolling on the system. This was an intentional decision made long ago." While this has been so since the inception of mobile Safari, the situation has changed drastically in iOS 11, as the Safari 11 inertial scrolling concept is now brought in sync with the rest of the native app and system scroll settings. 

Adaptive inertial scrolling unfurls a page faster the quicker you fling, and thus allows you to reach to the end or the middle of a long page in a jiffy, as any avid reader on an Android phone would attest. Mobile Safari supports this option, but until now web devs had to enable it in their HTML code, and the vast majority overlooked this requirement, even on some of the most popular websites. This made scrolling through long web pages on your iPhone's screen a pain, as no matter how hard and fast you swiped on the screen, the page barely moved with one set small distance, annoying the heck out of those who'd seen better, and requiring multiple swipes to reach to where you left off, instead of one or two. This usually irks only folks coming from Android, as iOS users have apparently developed muscle memory for Safari's out-of-tune scrolling efforts. This is how it used to be:



All the more ironic, since Apple has been having inertial scrolling since the OG iPhone, has patents on it, and even accused Samsung of stealing it during the great patent wars of 2012. 

With iOS 11, however, Safari now enables the acceleration option to the whole of each and every website by default. No need to code it in, and suddenly the entire web on your iPhone scrolls in the fast and smooth manner that the rest of the iOS system does, and has been so praised for. There you have it - one major gripe of Android users who switch to an iPhone has now been remedied, and that's not all there is to iOS 11 and its laundry list of new features.

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31 Comments

1. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Hmm.. So it's a new feature? It's already in android for years.. I didn't remember when the 1st time I see it in android, but I'm sure it's around 5 years ago..

2. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

Will you keep doing this? At least give them the props for including it in iOS 11

9. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

iOS is catching up... Android is doomed... /s

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"All the more ironic, since Apple has been having inertial scrolling since the OG iPhone" iOS is catching up with... iOS?

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No, they're saying that iOS no longer has inertial scrolling and now has it more like Android does. The context of that sentence was in regards to the patent Apple has on inertial scrolling that they used in their lawsuit against Samsung. In other words, they no longer believe that inertial scrolling, something they thought was better than sliced bread, is any good now.

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why do you say iOS is having a Android like feature, when Apple has had its own way of implementing the same feature? Wouldn't it be safer to say that the last iOS version refreshed a feature from an older iOS version?

25. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Post of the day award goes to you!

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL no they don't get props for catching up. This is the mobile world, there are no participation ribbons here. You should get ridiculed for being late because of stupidity.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Bruh, do you read your own replies? Apple, the company making 90% of all the profits in the entire mobile space, should feel stupid for adding a feature from a rival platform? Why?

26. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Nah! I would think if any OEM who claims their way is better, and then later they stop using it and adopt what everyone else is doing, then they should be ridiculed for being late because of their own stupidity. But I do agree with you.

4. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Have you ever considered talking to the doctor about your obsession with apple?

7. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Not really, I can live just fine without apple.. (unlike someone I know around here..)

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So gtf out, live and let us read Apple related articles without your dumb input.

23. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

And who the hell are you telling me what to do :v

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm a bad motherf**ker who's sick and tired of all you s**t heads - all kind of sheeples - that have nothing to do but to post bad comments about products they don't use, they have no intention of using and they know nothing about.

30. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Lol, did your first "ibend" account get banned?

3. Cat97

Posts: 1893; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Android had this since...forever :)

5. ARPAKTIKO

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

http://wccftech.com/the-new-control-center-in-ios-11-does-not-let-you-turn-off-wifi-or-bluetooth-heres-why/ When will this site decide to comment on this ? Even gaming sites has the news but PhoneArena doesnt? why?

8. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Bad news about apple could damage their pre-order number, so... (they also skip this newshttps://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/j5geby/the-iphone-is-guaranteed-to-last-only-one-year-apple-argues-in-court )

10. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Funny trolling... you know that’s not true. My iphone 4 and 5 were still usable and smooth though they will not be supported anymore with ios 11. I gave them to my niece and nephew. So you know, while they are young they will get used to iphones and when they started working they can have their own iphones. Android here in ph is usually treated as garbage. They only last for 6 months and tend to lag after that. Iphones are for practical people. Regardless of their high prices, they are still the best and tend to last.

12. ARPAKTIKO

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Huh! Brainwashed ppl is a thing . That's a surprise

19. Tipus

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Troll harder dummy :)

21. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

old device like ip 4 and 5 are slow, even if u compare it with last year android midrange they're slow cuz technology are evolving.

24. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It's not true? so Apple is lying in court? (I'm not really surprised by that..)

28. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

PH? Philippines? If you buy a cheap phone, you can't expect much from it. I still have 2 very old S models that works exactly or better than they did when I first bought them.

31. iamlish

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 16, 2016

Are you serious? Android 6 months? I had a Samsung Galaxy S4, now I gave it to my cousin and still working as new, also my s6 edge plus and my S7. Lets buy good android Devices...

11. ARPAKTIKO

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

This is pure gold. I don't think Daniel will ever have the guts to publish an article about that. It will be too emotional for him

27. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

After reading the article there is mass confusion. Apple warranties its devices for 1 year as the US requires. If your device dies later, Apple is not obligated to replace it. Now if you buy the phone from the carrier, you didn't buy from Apple, and the carrier is suppose to cover the device for the time you are paying for it. However, to be safe, it is best to adopt Apple Care if you buy from Apple, or the carriers insurance to insure if your device dies after one year, it will be replaced in one way or another. But since the iPhone 6 is failing do to a hardware defect that is present in all to them, the court should make Apple replace any one that fails if the failure is done to the original owner. The iPhone 6 should have been recalled to begin with. But this is what happens when corps sleep in the bed with the Feds.

6. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

it’s more convenient this way. Now i think they need fix slide over it’s okay on landscape and really bad on potrait mode, i mean why split it left and right on potrait mode? android split screen is much better.

13. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Bit iys not fast. On many Androids I have used, one flick will scroll 75% of the page before it stops or even all the page. On IOS, it may scroll 30%. IOS 11 isnt any faster on my iPad Pro. But I am liking many of the new features.

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