Immediately I realized that the iPhone’s built-in calculator app has a scientific mode — and all you need to do to entry it’s flip your cellphone on its facet. For those who’re the kind of one that retains your cellphone completely in portrait lock (like me), this would possibly come as a shock to you, because it did to many people right here at The Verge.
This unlocks all types of performance, like including numbers to reminiscence, parentheses, exponents, and all these trig capabilities from again in highschool. The characteristic isn’t precisely new, or hidden: It was introduced in iOS 2.0 again in 2008, and there’s really even a screenshot of it on the App Retailer web page for the calculator app.
To be truthful, most individuals in all probability by no means see that App Retailer web page, because the app comes pre-installed on each cellphone. It’s not the primary app that you simply’d in all probability search for in case you wished to put in a brand new calculator, both — even with the hidden(ish) performance, it’s nonetheless not nice.
For starters, there’s no ticker tape characteristic, which helps you to see all of the operations you’ve simply finished, which is beneficial when it’s essential to see in case you’ve already added a worth or not. It additionally makes some important capabilities like parentheses — which I exploit in virtually each math equation I do — arduous to entry.
Fortunately, there are different choices: PCalc offers a more robust calculating experience, and gives a free PCalc Lite model that’s additionally price a obtain. Or for extra critical math, there’s the TI-30XS, which may make some issues (like fractions) really easy it virtually seems like dishonest.