iOS 9 Storyboard References

December 16, 2015

With every new release of iOS there are the features everyone talks about, and those that get mentioned at WWDC and promptly forgotten about. It’s the latter that often the most useful in the long run, though.

With iOS 9 one of those features are storyboard references. In short, you can split a storyboard into multiple files while still taking advantage of segues and having a visual reference of how your view controllers are connected. And Xcode makes the refactoring process easy. It’s a five minute deal, even if you’re starting with a big messy storyboard.

No more scrolling through a huge storyboard trying to find the view controller you need. Merge conflicts? Still a pain, but they should happen a lot less.

Marc Charbonneau is a mobile software engineer in Portland, OR. Want to reply to this article? Get in touch on Twitter @mbcharbonneau.