The Calculator

7 08 2018

The built-in iOS calculator on the iPhone is well-designed but you should know some hidden features which make the experience smoother.

Swipe to delete digits

Just swipe left or right to backspace and delete the most recent entry instead of clearing the entire value.

Copy / paste

You can quickly copy and paste results or any number by using long press.

Scientific calculator

If you rotate your iPhone to landscape mode you’ll get a basic scientific calculator.

Only the scientific calculator offers the memory features mc (memory clear), m+/m- (add to/subtract from temporary storage) and mr (memory recall). This is what I sorely miss in portrait mode.

Several of Apple’s stock iOS apps that are available on iPhone don’t have their iPad counterparts. These include Weather, Stocks, Voice Memo, Compass, and the Calculator App. A calculator would also be a nice feature on the Apple Watch. I know that there are 3rd-party apps (and I nearly used them all) but if I pay a lot of bucks for an Apple device I’d like to see some useful apps included without downloading payed apps, apps showing more ad than results, or free apps which most often aren’t updated with a new version of iOS.

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The worst and most featureless calculator app is the one pre-installed on devices running pure Android like my Nokia 6.1. The best calculator is still running on my Windows 10 powered low-cost Lumia 550. With it you get a clean, perfect UI and you’re also able to convert into lots of different units like Celsius to Fahrenheit. Sadly it isn’t updated any longer because Joe Belfiore made it official: Windows 10 Mobile is dead.Really? Well, statements are still cloudy.

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