deukyun deukyun - 4 months ago 23
iOS Question

How to set seconds to zero for NSDate

I'm trying to get

NSDate
from
UIDatePicker
, but it constantly returns me a date time with trailing 20 seconds. How can I manually set
NSDate
's second to zero?

Answer

NSDate is immutable, so you cannot modify its time. But you can create a new date object that snaps to the nearest minute:

NSTimeInterval time = floor([date timeIntervalSinceReferenceDate] / 60.0) * 60.0;
NSDate *minute = [NSDate dateWithTimeIntervalSinceReferenceDate:time];

Edit to answer Uli's comment

The reference date for NSDate is January 1, 2001, 0:00 GMT. There have been two leap seconds added since then: 2005 and 2010, so the value returned by [NSDate timeIntervalSinceReferenceDate] should be off by two seconds.

This is not the case: timeIntervalSinceReferenceDate is exactly synchronous to the wall time.

When answering the question I did not make sure that this is actually true. I just assumed that Mac OS would behave as UNIX time (1970 epoch) does: POSIX guarantees that each day starts at a multiple of 86,400 seconds.

Looking at the values returned from NSDate this assumption seems to be correct but it sure would be nice to find a definite (documented) statement of that.

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