Jim Thio Jim Thio - 1 month ago 16x
Objective-C Question

What does it mean UICollectionView _createPreparedCellForItemAtIndexPath:withLayoutAttributes:applyAttributes:?

Assertion failure in -[UICollectionView _createPreparedCellForItemAtIndexPath:withLayoutAttributes:applyAttributes:]

I got this error since IOS 7. It works fine in IOS 6.

I look around the web and I found this:


However, the solution doesn't make sense

I figured it out. I had incorrectly used
CollectionView.RegisterClassForCell. Apparently I was supposed to use
CollectionView.RegisterNibForCell when setting up the viewcontroller.
That fixed the problem. iOS 6 must have been more forgiving.

Could any of you give me a hint on this bug


  1. Crash

  2. Assertion failure in -[UICollectionView _createPreparedCellForItemAtIndexPath:withLayoutAttributes:applyAttributes:]

  3. Works in IOS6 and not IOS 7

The code I am suspicious with is this:

- (CGSize)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView
sizeForItemAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {
CGSize sz = [BGCollectionViewCellImage defaultSize];
return sz;

But it seems to be too ordinary.

sz is simply CGSize of 100*120

Another is this:

- (BGCollectionViewCellImage *)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView cellForItemAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
BGCollectionViewCellImage * cell = [[BGCollectionViewCellImage alloc]init];
Image * img= self.arImages[indexPath.row];
[cell setImg:img andIndex:indexPath.row+1];

return cell;

Maybe I should use dequeue something like in UITableViewCell

I got another hint. If I tried to dequeue some cell, I got this:

2013-10-14 21:18:34.346 domainname[24667:a0b] * Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInternalInconsistencyException', reason: 'could not dequeue a view of kind: UICollectionElementKindCell with identifier BGCollectionViewCellImage - must register a nib or a class for the identifier or connect a prototype cell in a storyboard'
First throw call stack:

Looks like I got to register something first.


You need to register your cell using one of the relevant registration methods provided in the UICollectionView Class Reference

- (void)registerClass:(Class)cellClass forCellWithReuseIdentifier:(NSString *)identifier;
- (void)registerClass:(Class)viewClass forSupplementaryViewOfKind:(NSString *)elementKind withReuseIdentifier:(NSString *)identifier;
- (void)registerNib:(UINib *)nib forCellWithReuseIdentifier:(NSString *)identifier;
- (void)registerNib:(UINib *)nib forSupplementaryViewOfKind:(NSString *)kind withReuseIdentifier:(NSString *)identifier;

The relevant one of these only needs to be called once per instance of a UICollectionView.