Timm Timm - 4 months ago 31x
iOS Question

iOS 7 / XCode 5: Access device launch images programatically

Is there any way to use the apps LaunchImage as a background in an universal iOS app without putting the same image resources in multiple places?

I wasn't able to access the

files in
, so I created two new Image Sets "Background Portrait" and "Background Landscape" (since there seems to be no way to put landscape and portrait images into the same set).

While this workaround does the jobs, I would hate to include every image into the app twice. This also has a high maintenance cost.

Any advice on how to access the LaunchImage for the current device is appreciated.

GCOLaunchImageTransition must have done the job for iOS < 7.


You can use the launch images without having to include them twice. The key is that when you use an asset catalog, the file names of the images that are included in the app bundle are (sort of) standardized and may not be related to what you've named the original files.

In particular, when you use the LaunchImage image set, the files that end up in the application bundle have names like

  • LaunchImage.png
  • LaunchImage@2x.png
  • LaunchImage-700@2x.png
  • LaunchImage-568h@2x.png
  • LaunchImage-700-568h@2x.png
  • LaunchImage-700-Landscape@2x~ipad.png

etc. Note, in particular, they are not named Default.png or any variation of that. Even if that's what you called the files. Once you've dropped them in one of the wells in the asset catalog, they come out the other end with a standard name.

So [UIImage imageNamed:@"Default"] won't work because there is no such file in the app bundle. However, [UIImage imageNamed:@"LaunchImage"] will work (assuming you've filled either the iPhone Portrait 2x well or the pre iOS7 iPhone Portrait 1x well).

The documentation indicates that the imageNamed: method on UIImage should auto-magically select the correct version, but I think this only applies to image sets other than the launch image--at least I've not gotten it to work quite correctly (could just be me not doing something right).

So depending on your exact circumstances, you might need to do a little trial and error to get the correct file name. Build and run the app in the simulator and then you can always look in the appropriate subdirectory of ~/Library/Application Support/iPhone Simulator to verify what the actual file names in the app bundle are.

But again, the main point is that there is no need to include duplicates of the image files and you don't need to make any adjustments to the Copy Bundle Resources build phase.