How do I create the current date (or any date) as an NSDate without hours, minutes and seconds?

I need to create an NSDate of the current date (or on any NSDate) without the hours, minutes and seconds and keep it as an NSDate, in as few lines of as possible?

I need to perform some calculations on dates and having hours, minutes and seconds cause problems, I need absolute dates (I hope absolute is the right phrase). Its for an iPhone app.

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  • I’m creating dates with [NSDate date] which add hours, minutes and seconds. Also I’m adding months to dates which I think caters for day light savings as I get 2300 hours on some dates.

    So ideally I need a function to create absolute NSDates from NSDates.

    I know I asked a similar question earlier, but I need to end up with NSDate not a string and I’m a little concerned about specifying a date format e.g. yyyy etc.

    2 Solutions Collect From Internet About “How do I create the current date (or any date) as an NSDate without hours, minutes and seconds?”

    First, you have to understand that even if you strip hours, minutes and seconds from an NSDate, it will still represent a single moment in time. You will never get an NSDate to represent an entire day like 2011-01-28; it will always be 2011-01-28 00:00:00 +00:00. That implies that you have to take time zones into account, as well.

    Here is a method (to be implemented as an NSDate category) that returns an NSDate at midnight UTC on the same day as self:

    - (NSDate *)midnightUTC {
        NSCalendar *calendar = [[NSCalendar alloc] initWithCalendarIdentifier:NSGregorianCalendar];
        [calendar setTimeZone:[NSTimeZone timeZoneForSecondsFromGMT:0]];
    
        NSDateComponents *dateComponents = [calendar components:NSYearCalendarUnit | NSMonthCalendarUnit | NSDayCalendarUnit
                                                       fromDate:self];
        [dateComponents setHour:0];
        [dateComponents setMinute:0];
        [dateComponents setSecond:0];
    
        NSDate *midnightUTC = [calendar dateFromComponents:dateComponents];
        [calendar release];
    
        return midnightUTC;
    }
    
    NSDate *oldDate = [NSDate date];
    NSCalendarUnit requiredDateComponents = NSYearCalendarUnit| NSMonthCalendarUnit | NSDayCalendarUnit;    
    NSDateComponents *components = [[NSCalendar currentCalendar] components:requiredDateComponents fromDate:oldDate]; 
    NSDate *newDate = [[NSCalendar currentCalendar] dateFromComponents:components];