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Display flickering in Safari-Retina MacBook Pro

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  • bgarton Calculating status...
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    Dec 25, 2012 7:00 PM (in response to person197)

    Same thing is happening on my MacBook Pro, 2.2 Ghz I7.  Obviously a software issue.  I hope Apple fixes it soon -- more annoying than anything.  While typing this text it starts flickering in and out of existence.  Hope it doesn't get worse!

  • Yorkie4 Calculating status...
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    Jan 1, 2013 12:07 PM (in response to person197)

    It is great to know I am not the only one with this issue.  However, would be even better to have a fix for it.  I have the new retina Macbook and it has already been replaced once.  I originally used Chrome, as I always had on my other computer, but it caused problems on this computer.  It would just restart on its own or shut down.  I researched that issue and found it was common with the new Macbooks too.  Replaced computer and switched to Safari.. now this!  Very frustrating!!!

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    Jan 3, 2013 2:45 AM (in response to person197)

    Phew! Glad to not be the only one.... after spending thousands on a new MBP the last thing I want is to find major issues with it. A previous poster in Nov suggested Apple now knew about this infuriating issue - any chance of an update from anyone at Apple?

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    Jan 15, 2013 5:47 PM (in response to person197)

    I have the exact same issues on my 15" Retina.  I am using the latest version of Webkit (www.webkit.org), and that has helped tremendously with the smoothness and the flickering.  I don't really see it anymore.  What I do still run into issues with is the inputting of text in text boxes in Safari, with the cursor disappearing, and words and letters disappearing, and reappearing.

  • jimgreer Calculating status...
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    Feb 2, 2013 8:24 AM (in response to person197)

    I'm having the same issues on a 15" MBP Retina with Safari 6.0.2 and OS X 10.8.2 - mostly on Gmail. Definitely a Safari software problem.

     

    I'm really surprised it's taking Apple so long to fix a pretty serious issue happening to many people.

  • Costes08 Calculating status...
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    Feb 4, 2013 4:36 AM (in response to person197)

    I also have exactly the same issue, graphical issues/flickering when using Safari, especially for dynamic objects. I'm having this for MONTHS now, please fix it.

     

    I own the 15inch MacBook Pro Retina, bought it in July in Switzerland.

  • theClaralinda Calculating status...
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    Feb 7, 2013 2:27 PM (in response to person197)

    So happy to read about that! I can definitely exclude an hardware issue.

     

    I see heavy flickerings on Facebook using Safari 6.0.2 on my MacBook Pro Retina 15', bought the last month. I really expect a fix from Apple on this huge problem.

  • bazokajoe_2k Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 7:42 AM (in response to person197)

    I'm on a 2010 15" Macbook Pro and also have this problem (exclusively with Safari).  There's absolutely no way it's a hardware problem since it never occured until Safari 6 and doesn't happen in any other software. It's noticably worse with dynamic objects (I see it freqeuently on one of the web-based tools I've built: http://aweathermoment.tumblr.com/metars) and while I've been able to alleviate the problem at times, there seems to be no real fix.  Playing with gfxcardstatus can help, but it always seems to return after a short while.

     

    If anything, the fact that gfxcard status can help suggests to me that the root of the problem lies somewhere in Safari 6's new accellerated page rendering engine.  Hopefully Apple can squash this bug quickly.  Remember that while this is the official Apple Disccusion Boards, it will never hurt to send the Safari team feedback and directly letting them know about this bug: http://www.apple.com/feedback/safari.html

  • alhanwo Calculating status...
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    Feb 20, 2013 5:53 AM (in response to Jerry Nick)

    I have this issue too on MacBook Pro 15" (non retina).

  • Jerry Nick Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to person197)

    I'm quite sure it is an Java issue combined with the type of video card. Since the most recent version it got worse spontaniously while using Hootsuite in Safari for instance.

  • Costes08 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 14, 2013 1:48 PM (in response to person197)

    So now 10.8.3 is out, but I can't read anything about this issue in the patchnotes. I hope it's solved anyway, if not, I would REALLY appreciate a comment from an Apple employee

  • jilltre Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2013 10:03 AM (in response to person197)

    I have found this same issue when visiting blog sites that use the updated Disqus commenting system. This new update (plug-in) on blog sites dynamically updates the comments so the user doesn't have to refresh the page to view new comments or replies. The icons show up, but the text boxes and text does not, and then flashes as you mouse over them. Usually when the mouse over causes this, I think it's the video card drivers. I have a mac mini, but can repeat this on my MacAir with the updated Safari and Lion installed. It would be nice if we could get this resolved. My faith in Apple is fading like their stock price.

  • jeck77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 10:05 AM (in response to Costes08)

    I've updated to the latest 10.8.3, and I've found so far that the flickering and the scrolling performance has been much improved.  I also found that typing in text boxes no longer has the bug where the cursor disappears and the letters disappear.  So far so good on my Macbook Pro Retina 15".

  • patfromtravelers rest Calculating status...
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    May 12, 2013 6:32 PM (in response to person197)

    I'm experiencing this problem with Macbook Pro Retina, OS 10.8.3, with Firefox, and without Firefox being open.  I also have several display "bright spots" which appear to be LED backlight issues.

     

    I'd say the issue is still a problem.

  • trigrou Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem, I just bought a new retina mac book pro and it flickers too much when browsing.

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