How to get how many minutes have passed for some time?


I would like that my app would show how much time has passed since some time mark, like Stopwatch. Should I used NSdate?

I've tried using NSDate(timeIntervalSinceReferenceDate:_) and as parameter I wanted to chose NSDate(timeIntervalSince1970: someTimeStamp) which is not allowed.

I also tried doing it manually, by converting NSTimeInterval of current time to Int like this:

var date = NSDate().timeIntervalSince1970
let time3 = Int(date)
let time4 = Int(someTimeStamp) //NSTimeInterval in Epoch time
let time5 = Double(time3 - time4)
let time6 = NSDate(timeIntervalSinceReferenceDate: time5) //This is what I need

Although now I am not sure how to properly display time6, I could do manually divide by 60 to get minutes and divide by 60 to get hours, but I am pretty sure there has to be simpler way to display how much time has passed since NSTimeInterval (preferably in mm format if below 60 minutes and in hh:mm if above 60 minutes)

let elapsedTime = NSDate().timeIntervalSinceDate(DateYouWantToPassToGetInterval)

Note the () after the NSDate. The NSDate() instantiates a new NSDate object, and then timeIntervalSinceDate returns the time difference between that and timeAtPress. That will return a floating point value (technically, a NSTimeInterval).

If you want that as truncated to an Int value, you can just use:

let duration = Int(elapsedTime)