Objective-C Language Singletons Using Grand Central Dispatch (GCD)


GCD will guarantee that your singleton only gets instantiated once, even if called from multiple threads. Insert this into any class for a singleton instance called shared.

+ (instancetype)shared {

    // Variable that will point to the singleton instance. The `static`
    // modifier makes it behave like a global variable: the value assigned
    // to it will "survive" the method call.
    static id _shared;

    static dispatch_once_t _onceToken;
    dispatch_once(&_onceToken, ^{

        // This block is only executed once, in a thread-safe way.
        // Create the instance and assign it to the static variable.
        _shared = [self new];

    return _shared;