Core Data viewContext not receiving updates from newBackgroundContext() with NSFetchedResultsController
You're seeing the correct behavior. If you want your viewContext to automatically pick up changes from other contexts, including ones created by
newBackgroundContext(), you have to set
I agree that the docs are confusing on that point, "...and to automatically consume save notifications from other contexts."
I haven't run into this directly, but your issue strikes me as odd if the newBackgroundContext were in fact layered under the viewContext since any save from the new context would only update the viewContext, which would also have to do its own save to get the changes to the persistent store (which you say is occurring properly). Based on that suspicion, I looked at the developer docs where Apple says:
Invoking this method (newBackgroundContext() ) causes the persistent container to create and return a new NSManagedObjectContext with the concurrencyType set to privateQueueConcurrencyType. This new context will be associated with the NSPersistentStoreCoordinator directly and is set to consume NSManagedObjectContextDidSave broadcasts automatically.
Thus, it would not be in a parent - child relationship with the viewContext. Based on the guidance, it seems the new context would be notified of changes by the old, but not vice versa, so you'd have to do a refresh on the viewContext when the new context changes, which you could do programmatically if you can track that in your code or perhaps use one of the change notifications in NSManagedObjectsContext to trigger the action.