Suppose you have a hierarchy of views such like there is superview A which have subview B and B has a subview C. Now you touch on inner most view C. The system will send touch event to subview C for handling this event. If C View does not want to handle this event, this event will be passed to its superview B (next responder). If B also does not want to handle this touch event it will pass on to superview A. All the view which can respond to touch events are called responder chain. A view can also pass its events to uiviewcontroller. If view controller also does not want to respond to touch event, it is passed to application object which discards this event.