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Why is my Apple Watch Lagging?

Does your Apple Watch Ultra has a screen lagging, or is the display refresh slow with a split screen?

Some Apple Ultra watch users have noticed this in their watch when they read the news or scroll notifications that show a split screen and look like a delay.

A more scientific term for this delay is “jelly scrolling,” where the screen looks lagging in the display.

Well, it’s terrible news, but all Apple Watch Ultra have this issue, but it’s bearly noticeable.

Screen Lagging or Jelly Scroll in Apple Watch Ultra

Why is my Ultra Watch screen lagging?

why is my apple watch lagging

Apple Watch Ultra has a high-tech display that enables it to 2000 nits peak Brightness and up to 120hz peak refresh rate, which can go to 1 hertz when idle.

The display on the Ultra Watch work by refreshing from left to right. While normally displays refreshes from top to bottom.

And with a big screen size, this screen refreshing is easily spottable on Ultra Watch when scrolling through text or elements.

It might be an engineering requirement to put an OLED screen horizontally for extra strength and rigidity on the titanium body for supporting deep dives.

Or maybe it is cheaper to manufacture, but it’s not good, and it’s too late to go back and change.

Is there a fix for this jelly scroll in Apple Watch Ultra

The Apple Watch Ultra has a lagging display due to the design element where the screen refresh from left to right.

While this looks like an issue or problem to some, it’s not that big of a deal. A similar jelly scroll was seen in the iPad mini last year.

Apple had to do a press release stating that the iPad mini is designed that way; it’s not a fault.

But the Apple iPad mini 2021 was LCD, and Apple Watch Ultra is OLED. So is it a hardware issue? Yes, it’s a hardware limitation or defect, most probably.

But as of 2023, there is no update to fix it through software by tweaking the display to reduce this lag.


Screen split lagging in Apple Watch Ultra is due to the design elements of its display.

There is no need to worry about jelly scroll as it’s how the Apple Watch Ultra is designed.

Apple can’t fix It through software updates because the problem still lies and will be only fixed in Ultra watch 2.

There is no update as of 2023, but if there is I will update my blog.

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