CFAbsolute time is a standard time format on Apple devices and programming languages like Swift. It stores the amount of nanoseconds since January 1, 2001. At its core, it is similar to epoch time, except it stores times closer to the modern day, using 2001 as a reference point rather than 1970. Here is Apple’s official documentation for CFAbsolute time.
Converting From CFAbsoluteTime to a Date Object
To convert from CFAbsolute Time to a normal date, we can create a Date object from January 1, 2001, and simply add the CFAbsolute time value (in milliseconds) to the Date.getTime() value.
Converting From a Date Object to CFAbsoluteTime
For converting back to CFAbsolute time, we can simply subtract the Date.getTime() values of the date and January 1, 2001, and then convert that value from milliseconds to nanoseconds.
Working With CFAbsoluteTime in Milliseconds or Nanoseconds
Some versions of CFAbsoluteTime are stored in milliseconds or nanoseconds instead of seconds. To work with these types, simply change the value of the unitConversionValue argument as follows:
Storage Type unitConversionValue Seconds 1000 Milliseconds 1 Nanoseconds 0.000001
By default, the program will use seconds, which is the most common CFAbsoluteTime storage type.