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      Latest reply on Jan 20, 2018 12:02 PM by SpaceMan
      MattDouhan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



        All the tutorials out there tells me I should get two seperate storyboards when I create a universal app, one iphone and one ipad


        But when I create my univeraal project I only get a single main storyboard


        Am I doing something wrong ?if so what?



        • Re: Universal app in xcode 8 one or two storyboards
          eskimo Apple Staff Apple Staff (13,355 points)

          Having two storyboards might make sense, depending on your app, but a lot of apps these days are adaptive.  That is, they don’t have custom UIs for each type of device, but have one UI that adapts based on the size class.  A good introduction to this concept is WWDC 2016 Session 222 Making Apps Adaptive.

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          • Re: Universal app in xcode 8 one or two storyboards
            macrojd Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

            Just in case someone's still looking for this, here is my solution. Replace the method in the AppDelegate class by the following:


                func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
                    var storyboard: UIStoryboard!
                    let device = UIDevice.current.userInterfaceIdiom
                    if device == .pad {
                        storyboard = UIStoryboard(name: "iPad", bundle: nil)
                    } else {
                        storyboard = UIStoryboard(name: "Main", bundle: nil)
                    window?.rootViewController = storyboard.instantiateInitialViewController()
                    return true


            This code loads the iPad.storyboard file on iPads or the Main.storyboard file in any other device.

              • Re: Universal app in xcode 8 one or two storyboards
                SpaceMan Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

                Back when the iPad was just coming out, Apple was pushing to make the app on an iPad a unique experience from the iPhone due to the greater real estate on the iPad.  But now, they want things to be more the same.  When I first adapted to the iPad, just before the iPad went on sale, I had completely different code and completely different .xib files.  I have a tabbar comtroller on the iPhone and a splitview controller on the iPad.  My app is old now and needs to be modernized.  I'd love to make it adaptive but the differences are too great, I think.