UITextFieldDelegate inconsistent behaviour

Originator:alex
Number:rdar://35348940 Date Originated:2017-11-04
Status:Open Resolved:
Product:iOS SDK Product Version:11
Classification:Bug Reproducible:Yes
 
Summary:

In the iOS 11 SDK, the `textFieldDidBeginEditing` delegate method seems to perform inconsistently, which can cause UI components to become unresponsive.

In Time Profiler, `didBecomeFirstResponder` can take up a disproportionately large amount of CPU time causing apps to become unresponsive.

The attached project has a UITextFieldDelegate calling `textField.selectAll` within `textFieldDidBeginEditing`. There may be similar inconsistent behaviour when calling other methods within `textFieldDidBeginEditing`, but `selectAll` seems to demonstrate this most clearly and consistently. 

The project has two UITextField components for ease of demonstration — the same issue would be seen with just one UITextField component, and a UIButton to call `resignFirstResponder`. The issue will still occur if selection actions are disabled with `canPerformActions`.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Build and run project (Simulator or Device).
2. Alternate taps between two UITextField components - Text A and Text B.

Expected Results:
On every tap, the full text of each component is selected.

Actual Results:
1. On the first (and every odd) tap of a text field, all text is selected, as expected.
2. On the second (and every even) tap of that text field, all text is selected briefly, before being deselected.
3. About 1 in 5 taps, selection will completely fail as the text field has become temporarily unresponsive.

Version/Build:
iOS 11 SDK
Confirmed on iOS 9.3 - iOS 11.1 using Simulator
Confirmed on iOS 11.0 - iOS 11.2 Beta 1 using iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE

Configuration:
Xcode 9.1, 9.2 Beta 1

Comments

I've also created a bug for this in Apples Bug Reporter: 37235692

I am experiencing the exact same behaviour on iOS 11.2.5 (Xcode 9.2 (9C40b)).

Have you found a workaround yet?

Attached project: https://github.com/strongapp/Radars/tree/master/35348940


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