How to Fix Interface Lag in Retina MacBook Pro?
Hardware limitations may be a factor, but choppy or laggy scrolling and window movement might be remedied by an OS re installation among other options.
Those who own Apple’s new Retina Macbook Pro are experiencing a laggy behavior in interface after updating to Mountain Lion X OS. This case is not with everyone using this interface, for some its smooth and for the others the system is displaying choppy and slow response with moving windows, using Expose and while scrolling. Those that are suffering this problem have an issue with using Safari, Mission Control features, Mail and other programs as well.
Macbook Pro’s performance has been discussed by AnandTech, they have outlined notable decrease in its interface performance of some applications. According to them, Apple is probably pushing the limits of current hardware capabilities with the new Macbook Pro.
Simply pointing to hardware limitations does not seem appropriate as the problem is not equally shared by all the Macbook Pro users. There are those that have formatted their systems and set OS X from scratch, observing a significant improvement. Thus this points to OS configuration as the basics for laggy performance.
Well, if you are facing the same issue then you can try looking into the following solutions to fix Retina Macbook Pro.
Steps To Fix The Interface Lag
- OS X creates number of temporary caches which along with hardware settings can be cleared by running a general maintenance routine. Work out the maintenance routine so if system’s performance was being affected by this factor, then it can eliminate that.
- When the system does not require a faster processor, it automatically moves to Intel HD graphics lower powered processor. Apple provides this way of conserving power by tapping into the Intel HD graphics on CPU or automatically switching to Nvidia Geforce 650M GPU. However, this can also contribute to the lag. Go to the Energy Saver system preference and uncheck the graphics switching option, to use dedicated GPU only.
- Installing OS X directly has not shown a better performance for those who are facing this problem, but performing the full format on hard drive and then reinstalling the OS X has shown much improvement in the interface. Back up your system and restart with Command-R for loading the OS X tools. Select Disk Utility then and remove tab to format the hard drive, once you’re done simply quit the Disk Utility and move forward with OS X installation. Lastly move the data from the back up!