Inside the iPadOS Calculator app

We discover an interesting limitation.

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Steve Jobs hated the original Calculator app for iPad, and it’s a big reason the iPad hasn’t had a calculator for a decade.

He also famously shunned styluses for touchscreen devices, but he might have relented if he saw the new Calculator app in iPadOS 18.

Not only does it do the basics very well, but it now includes a super-clever Math Notes environment, where you can write out math problems with an Apple Pencil or other stylus.

It’s a great way to work on math problems and play around with concepts and ideas. But interestingly, it won’t just solve formulas if you simply write them out — that’s what algebra class is for.

Read our hands-on look at the new iPad Calculator app.

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