Calculating the age of a person using two NSDates

My class representing a person has a method to calculate that person’s age:

@interface Student : NSObject

@property (strong) NSDate *dob;

// This method will work out the person's age in calendar years
- (NSDateComponents*)ageCalculation:(NSDate*)dob;

Here is the class implementation file

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  • @implementation Student
    - (NSDateComponents*)ageCalculation:(NSDate*)dob {
        NSDate *now = [NSDate date];
        NSCalendar *calendar = [NSCalendar currentCalendar];
        NSCalendarUnit units = NSYearCalendarUnit | NSMonthCalendarUnit;
        NSDateComponents *components = [calendar components:units 
        return components;

    I’m not sure that I’m doing this right, though:

    Student *student1 = [[Student alloc] init];
    [student1 setDob:aDateOfBirth];
    NSDateComponents *ageComponents = [student1 ageCalculation:aDateOfBirth];

    What should I do with the result of this method? How can I make ageCalculation: use the date I already set?

    2 Solutions Collect From Internet About “Calculating the age of a person using two NSDates”

    There are a couple of things that can be noted. First of all, the code for computing the age is fine, except that I don’t understand why you return NSDateComponents instead of just the age in years.

    Here’s how I would do it

    - (NSInteger)age {
        NSDate *today = [NSDate date];
        NSDateComponents *ageComponents = [[NSCalendar currentCalendar]
        return ageComponents.year;

    You are interested only in the year component, so return it instead of NSDateComponents. Using self.dob instead of an argument gets the date you set earlier.

    Just created a simple method that returns the age in years as a string.

    -(NSString *) getAge:(NSDate *)dateOfBirth {
        NSCalendar *calendar = [[NSCalendar alloc] initWithCalendarIdentifier:NSCalendarIdentifierIndian];
        NSDateComponents *components = [calendar components:NSYearCalendarUnit
                                                     toDate:[NSDate date]
        return [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%li",components.year];


    1. This uses Indian Calendar – change it if u wish.
    2. To call NSString *yearsOldinString = [self getAge:dateOfBirth];, where dateOfBirth represents person’s date of birth in NSDate format.