it appears that
You shouldn't have to know if the subviews of a subview have updated their layout: That sounds like too tight coupling. Also, each subview might handle the arrangement of their respective subviews differently and might not (need to) call
layoutSubviews for its subviews at all. You should only ever have to know about your direct subviews. You should treat them more or less as black boxes and not care whether they have subviews of their own or not.