At WWDC 2024, Apple finally unveiled a dedicated Calculator app for the iPad, marking one of the most significant updates for the device in years. On the surface, it appears to be the familiar Calculator app from the iPhone, but Apple has added several innovative features that make it stand out.

Perhaps the most basic yet useful addition is the new backspace button. This replaces the previous gesture-based deletion method, where users had to swipe left or right in the empty space above the entries. Now, once users start entering numbers, the ‘C’ button that usually deletes everything now transforms into a backspace button, allowing for easy deletion of one entry at a time starting with the last entry to the right. To delete everything, press and hold the backspace button. This update is available on both the iPad and iPhone with iOS 18.

One of the most notable features is the all-new Math Notes calculator. This feature allows users to type or write out mathematical expressions and see them instantly solved in their own handwriting. It’s particularly useful for students learning new concepts, professionals calculating budgets, and anyone who wants a more interactive way to work with numbers. Users can also assign values to variables and use a new graphing feature to insert and analyze graphs with a single tap. Multiple equations can be added to the same graph, offering a comprehensive view of how they relate. All Math Notes are automatically accessible in the Notes app, neatly organized in the new Math Notes folder.

The basic and scientific calculators make it easy to view complete expressions before finalizing them, and a history feature helps users keep track of previous calculations. Additionally, unit conversions allow for quick conversions of length, weight, currencies, and more.

Apple’s new Calculator app on the iPad and iPhone is a welcome upgrade, bringing powerful new tools and long-awaited features that users will surely appreciate.

Himanshu Arora
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