Today I learned that the iPhone’s built-in calculator app has a science mode – and all you have to do to access it is to flip your phone on its side. If you’re the type who permanently keeps your phone in a vertical lock (like me) then this might come as a surprise to you, as many of us have here at the edge.
This unlocks all sorts of functions, like adding numbers to memory, parentheses, exponents, and all those trig functions from high school. The feature isn’t entirely new or hidden: it is It was introduced in iOS 2.0 Back in 2008, there’s actually a screenshot of it on the app store page for the calculator app.
To be fair, most people probably don’t see this app store page, as the app comes pre-installed on every phone. It’s not the first app you might be looking for if you want to install a new calculator, either – even with the hidden (ish) function, it’s still not great.
For starters, there is no stock ticker feature, which lets you see all of the operations you just performed, which is useful when you need to know whether or not you’ve actually added value. It also makes it difficult to access some basic functions like parentheses – which I use in nearly every math equation that I do.
Fortunately, there are other options: PCalc provides a more powerful math experienceAnd submit a file PCalc Lite The version is also worth a download. Or for more serious mathematics, There is a TI-30XS, Which can make some things (like fractions) so easy that they seem like cheating.