Hacking UIView animation blocks for fun and profit
In this article, I'm going to explore a way that we can create views that implement custom Core Animation property animations in a natural way.
As we know, layers in iOS come in two flavours: Backing layers and hosted layers. The only difference between them is that the view acts as the layer delegate for its backing layer, but not for any hosted sublayers.
In order to implement the
UIView transactional animation blocks,
UIView disables all animations by default and then re-enables them individually as required. It does this using the
UIView doesn't enable animations for every property that
CALayer does by default. A notable example is the
layer.contents property, which is animatable by default for a hosted layer, but cannot be animated using a
UIView animation block.