Problems Trying to Find User Location in MKMapView


I am having problems trying to get the user's current position to display on an MKMapView. Here is the relevant code:


//  ParkingMapViewController.m
#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>
#import <MapKit/MapKit.h>

@interface ParkingMapViewController : UIViewController <MKMapViewDelegate, CLLocationManagerDelegate> {
    MKMapView *mapView;
    CLLocationManager *locationManager;

@property (nonatomic, retain) IBOutlet MKMapView *mapView;
@property (nonatomic, retain) CLLocationManager *locationManager;




//  ParkingMapViewController.m
- (void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];
    self.navigationItem.rightBarButtonItem = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithBarButtonSystemItem:100 target:self action:@selector(showCurrentLocationButtonTapped:)];
    [self loadAnnotations];

    CLLocationCoordinate2D centerCoord = { UCD_LATITUDE, UCD_LONGITUDE };
    [mapView setCenterCoordinate:centerCoord zoomLevel:13 animated:NO]; //from "MKMapView+ZoomLevel.h"

- (void)showCurrentLocationButtonTapped:(id)sender {
    NSLog(@"Showing current location.");

    //[self.mapView setShowsUserLocation:YES];
    //mapView.showsUserLocation = YES;

    //[sender setEnabled:NO]; //TODO: Uncomment and test
    locationManager = [[CLLocationManager alloc] init];
    locationManager.delegate = self;
    locationManager.distanceFilter = kCLDistanceFilterNone; // whenever we move
    locationManager.desiredAccuracy = kCLLocationAccuracyHundredMeters; // 100 m
    [locationManager startUpdatingLocation];

- (void)locationManager:(CLLocationManager *)manager 
    didUpdateToLocation:(CLLocation *)newLocation 
           fromLocation:(CLLocation *)oldLocation {
    [mapView setCenterCoordinate:newLocation.coordinate];
    if ([mapView showsUserLocation] == NO) {
        [mapView setShowsUserLocation:YES];//when this line is commented, there is no problem
    [mapView setCenterCoordinate:newLocation.coordinate zoomLevel:13 animated:YES];

- (void)viewDidUnload {
    [super viewDidUnload];
    [mapView setShowsUserLocation:NO];

- (void)dealloc {
    [locationManager release];
    [mapView release];
    [super dealloc];

When running the application, the map view displays just fine with the annotations and everything, but when the current location button is pressed, the map re-centers to its new location(slight move) and a fraction of a second later, it crashes. When I comment out [mapView setShowsUserLocation:YES]; there is no problem, but otherwise it spits out this error in the console:

2010-11-30 22:57:20.657 Parking[53430:207] -[MKUserLocation annotationType]: unrecognized selector sent to instance 0x78427f0
2010-11-30 22:57:20.659 Parking[53430:207] *** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInvalidArgumentException', reason: '-[MKUserLocation annotationType]: unrecognized selector sent to instance 0x78427f0'
*** Call stack at first throw:
    0   CoreFoundation                      0x0266ab99 __exceptionPreprocess + 185
    1   libobjc.A.dylib                     0x027ba40e objc_exception_throw + 47
    2   CoreFoundation                      0x0266c6ab -[NSObject(NSObject) doesNotRecognizeSelector:] + 187
    3   CoreFoundation                      0x025dc2b6 ___forwarding___ + 966
    4   CoreFoundation                      0x025dbe72 _CF_forwarding_prep_0 + 50
    5   Parking                             0x00003ddb -[ParkingMapViewController mapView:viewForAnnotation:] + 64
    6   MapKit                              0x023a8130 -[MKAnnotationContainerView _addViewForAnnotation:] + 175
    7   MapKit                              0x023a2b2a -[MKAnnotationContainerView _addViewsForAnnotations:animated:] + 251
    8   MapKit                              0x0239e657 -[MKAnnotationContainerView showAddedAnnotationsAnimated:] + 137
    9   MapKit                              0x0237837c -[MKMapView _showAddedAnnotationsAndRouteAnimated:] + 102
    10  MapKit                              0x02376a88 -[MKMapViewInternal delayedShowAddedAnnotationsAnimated] + 191
    11  Foundation                          0x000571c9 __NSFireTimer + 125
    12  CoreFoundation                      0x0264bf73 __CFRUNLOOP_IS_CALLING_OUT_TO_A_TIMER_CALLBACK_FUNCTION__ + 19
    13  CoreFoundation                      0x0264d5b4 __CFRunLoopDoTimer + 1364
    14  CoreFoundation                      0x025a9dd9 __CFRunLoopRun + 1817
    15  CoreFoundation                      0x025a9350 CFRunLoopRunSpecific + 208
    16  CoreFoundation                      0x025a9271 CFRunLoopRunInMode + 97
    17  GraphicsServices                    0x02f4900c GSEventRunModal + 217
    18  GraphicsServices                    0x02f490d1 GSEventRun + 115
    19  UIKit                               0x002cfaf2 UIApplicationMain + 1160
    20  Parking                             0x000020e0 main + 102
    21  Parking                             0x00002071 start + 53
terminate called after throwing an instance of 'NSException'

Googling has indicated that this is most likely an IB problem but I have not been able to spot it. Here is a screen of my set up in IB:

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Any help whatsoever will be very much appreciated. Thanks!

asked on Stack Overflow Dec 1, 2010 by Stunner

1 Answer


The problem looks like it is in the viewForAnnotation method. The code is trying to call annotationType on the MKUserLocation annotation (which doesn't have such a method).

In viewForAnnotation, it should check what kind of annotation the view is being requested for and handle accordingly.

However, if you are using the MKMapView, you don't need to use CLLocationManager to get the user's current location. Just setting showsUserLocation to YES will make the map view show a blue dot where the user is located.

In either case, the viewForAnnotation method needs to check the annotation class type first. Something like this should be at the top:

- (MKAnnotationView *) mapView:(MKMapView *)mapView viewForAnnotation:(id <MKAnnotation>) annotation
    if ([annotation isKindOfClass:MKUserLocation.class]) {
        //it's the built-in user location annotation, return nil to get default blue dot...
        return nil;

    //handle your custom annotations...
answered on Stack Overflow Dec 1, 2010 by (unknown user) • edited May 10, 2013 by Girish

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