Patrick Patrick - 5 months ago 11
iOS Question

How do I know which is the default measure system (imperial or metric) on iOS ?

How do I know which is the default measure system (imperial or metric) on iOS ?

How do I get this preference from the device settings, so I know what to display in my app ?

thanks

Answer

The NSLocale can tell you:

NSLocale *locale = [NSLocale currentLocale]; 
BOOL isMetric = [[locale objectForKey:NSLocaleUsesMetricSystem] boolValue];

Only three countries do not use the metric system: the US, Liberia and Myanmar. The later uses its own system, the former two use Imperial Units.

Apples documentation says (emphasis mine):

NSLocaleUsesMetricSystem

The key for the flag that indicates whether the locale uses the metric system. The corresponding value is a Boolean NSNumber object. If the value is NO, you can typically assume American measurement units (for example, the statute mile).

Available in iOS 2.0 and later.

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