ajfigueroa ajfigueroa - 6 months ago 74
iOS Question

forceTouchCapability returning nil

I am trying to incorporate some 3D touch into an application and I've run into a weird issue where the

check is returning
but not in

I'm aware that this is only available on iOS 9+ so I've added checks to verify that the
property on the view controller responds to
as in the following:

- (void)loadView {

self.view = [[MyView alloc] init];

- (void)viewDidLoad {

[super viewDidLoad];

// Checking the force touch availability here
if ([self.traitCollection respondsToSelector:@selector(forceTouchCapability)] &&
self.traitCollection.forceTouchCapability == UIForceTouchCapabilityAvailable) {

// This won't get called because forceTouchCapability is returning nil
// which corresponds to UIForceTouchCapabilityUnknown
[self registerForPreviewingWithDelegate:self sourceView:self.view];

In LLDB with a breakpoint at the
statement, entering
po [self.traitCollection forceTouchCapability]
which corresponds to
. However, the
itself is not

According to the documentation for UIForceTouchCapabilityUnknown:

UIForceTouchCapabilityUnknown: The availability of 3D Touch is unknown. For example, if you create a view but have not yet added it to your app’s view hierarchy, the view’s trait collection has this value.

Has the view not been added to the hierarchy by this point?

I'm curious if anyone has run into this issue before and how to work around this? I would like to avoid adding this in the
as this can get called quite a bit.

If it helps, I'm running this on a 6S on iOS 9.1 with Xcode 7.2


The view hasn't been added to the View Hierarchy yet. You can see this easily by checking for a superview in the debug console

(lldb) po self.view.superview

If that's what you're seeing, the view hasn't been added to a hierarchy yet: so you have to put your check elsewhere.

This is kind of confusing because in Apple's ViewControllerPreview sample app it's in viewDidLoad. But it really should in traitCollectionDidChange:, because then you're sure that the view has been added to the app's hierarchy.

This is the code I use (works on iOS 8, if you don't need to support that feel free to move the outer conditional).

- (void)traitCollectionDidChange:(UITraitCollection *)previousTraitCollection {
   [super traitCollectionDidChange:previousTraitCollection];

   if ([self.traitCollection respondsToSelector:@selector(forceTouchCapability)]) {
       if (self.traitCollection.forceTouchCapability == UIForceTouchCapabilityAvailable) {
           // retain the context to avoid registering more than once
           if (!self.previewingContext) {
               self.previewingContext = [self registerForPreviewingWithDelegate:self sourceView:self.view];
       } else {
           [self unregisterForPreviewingWithContext:self.previewingContext];
           self.previewingContext = nil;

The added benefit to this is that your view will be registered/unregistered if the user changes their 3D Touch settings while the app is running.