Apple documentation states that:
"If two objects are equal, they must have the same hash value. This last
point is particularly important if you define isEqual: in a subclass and
intend to put instances of that subclass into a collection. Make sure
you also define hash in your subclass."
In many or all versions of libobjc, -[NSObject isEqual:] is a pointer
equality check and -[NSObject hash] returns the messaged object's
pointer. A relatively common form of developer error is for a developer to
override -isEqual: in a subclass without overriding -hash to ensure that
hashes are equal for objects that are equal.
It is assumed that an override of -isEqual: is a strong signal for
changing the object's equality operator to something other than pointer
equality which implies that a missing override of -hash could result in
distinct objects being equal but having distinct hashes because they are
independent instances. This added check flags classes that override
-isEqual: but inherit NSObject's implementation of -hash to warn of the
potential for unexpected behavior.
The proper implementation of -hash is the responsibility of the
developer and the check will only verify that the developer made an
effort to properly implement -hash. Developers can set up unit tests
to verify that their implementation of -hash is appropriate.