Irregular animations from UITableView's deleteRowsAtIndexPaths:withRowAnimation:

In editing mode, I’m deleting rows in a table view using a custom editing control, rather than the default red minus sign and delete confirmation button. Tick a row or multiple rows, then tap the Delete button in the tool bar. It’s similar to the behavior seen in the Mail app. See the screenshot below.

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  • Problem:
    The animations produced by calls to deleteRowsAtIndexPaths:withRowAnimation: are irregular. For example, here’s what happens when I use the Bottom row animation (i.e., UITableViewRowAnimationBottom) to delete the ticked row (Subject #7) in the screenshot:

    1. Subject #8 slides underneath and behind Subject #7
    2. Subject #8 is briefly hidden behind Subject #7
    3. Subject #8 replaces Subject #7 jarringly

    This is occurring on both the simulator and on a device. The Automatic animation type (i.e., UITableViewRowAnimationAutomatic) produces the same irregular behavior when deleting Subject #7 above.

    The Top animation type works as expected in the simulator but produces inconsistent, jarring animations on a device.

    The Fade type animation is the only animation that works as expected in both the simulator and on a device.


    I’m targeting iOS 7, and using storyboard, pure auto layout, and Core Data.

    Here’s the action method where I delete the rows:

    - (void)deleteButtonTapped:(UIBarButton *)sender
        // update table view's data
        [self.listOfItems removeObjectsAtIndexes:self.indexSetOfTickedRows];
        // create index paths for ticked rows
        NSMutableArray *indexPaths = [[NSMutableArray alloc] init];
        [self.indexSetOfTickedRows enumerateIndexesUsingBlock:^(NSUInteger idx, BOOL *stop) {
            [indexPaths addObject:[NSIndexPath indexPathForRow:idx inSection:0]];
        [self.tableView deleteRowsAtIndexPaths:indexPaths withRowAnimation:UITableViewRowAnimationBottom];
        // update Core Data and UI...

    What I have tried:

    The table cell subclass overrides layoutSubviews. However, the irregular animations persist even when I comment out layoutSubviews.

    I also removed the custom tickable editing control from the table cells, then hard-coded the deletion of a specific row in the action method. The irregular animations persisted.

    As suggested by others, I’ve tried calling deleteRowsAtIndexPaths:withRowAnimation: between calls to beginUpdates and endUpdates. This does not resolve the issue.

    Any suggestions on what to do next, or best guesses as to why I am seeing these irregular animations?

    Update (iOS 7.1):

    Issue remains after targeting iOS 7.1. Will continue to rely on fade animation.

    3 Solutions Collect From Internet About “Irregular animations from UITableView's deleteRowsAtIndexPaths:withRowAnimation:”

    Try calling
    [self.listOfItems removeObjectsAtIndexes:self.indexSetOfTickedRows];
    at the end of the function instead of at the beginning.

    Try adding [tableView beginUpdates]; and [tableView endUpdates];

    Maybe setting the alpha on the cell works as suggested here. Not sure though.
    problems with animation when deleting the last row of a TableView in ios7