Empty UITableView not bouncing when loaded from a nib

A UITableView should bounce (even when empty) when user scrolls as long as the bounces and alwaysBounceVertical properties are set to YES. When I initialize a UITableViewController, everything works as expected. When I initialized a UIViewController loaded from a nib with a simple view hierarchy: a top level UIView with a single UITableView child, then the table view doesn't bounce anymore. Here is the code I used:

#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>

@interface AppDelegate : UIResponder <UIApplicationDelegate, UITableViewDataSource>

@implementation AppDelegate

@synthesize window = _window;

- (BOOL) application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions
    self.window = [[UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame:[[UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]];

    UIViewController *rootViewController = nil;
    UITableView *tableView;
    BOOL loadFromNib = NO;
    if (loadFromNib)
        rootViewController = [[UIViewController alloc] initWithNibName:@"ViewController" bundle:nil];
        tableView = [rootViewController.view.subviews objectAtIndex:0];
        rootViewController = [[UITableViewController alloc] initWithStyle:UITableViewStylePlain];
        tableView = (UITableView *)rootViewController.view;
    tableView.dataSource = self;
    NSLog(@"%@ bounces: %@", tableView.class, tableView.bounces ? @"YES" : @"NO");
    NSLog(@"%@ alwaysBounceVertical: %@", tableView.class, tableView.alwaysBounceVertical ? @"YES" : @"NO");

    self.window.rootViewController = rootViewController;
    [self.window makeKeyAndVisible];

    return YES;

- (NSInteger) tableView:(UITableView *)tableView numberOfRowsInSection:(NSInteger)section
    return 0;

- (UITableViewCell *) tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
    return [[UITableViewCell alloc] initWithStyle:UITableViewCellStyleDefault reuseIdentifier:nil];


When I run this code with the loadFromNib variable set to YES or NO, it always logs this:

UITableView bounces: YES
UITableView alwaysBounceVertical: YES

But when I load it from the nib (i.e. loadFromNib is set to YES), the table view doesn’t bounce when I try to scroll. Why doesn’t it bounce?


I cannot precisely explain why, but the behaviour with empty table views seems pretty erratic. Anyway, setting tableView.bounces = YES manually (e.g. in the -viewDidLoad method of the view controller the table view belongs to) fixes such issues and ensures that your table view always bounces, even when empty.

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