Why does Apple hate calculators?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Neutral Milk, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. Neutral Milk macrumors regular

    Neutral Milk

    Apr 28, 2015
    What's with the absence of native calculator apps on both the iPad and Apple Watch?

    While I don't fully understand the absence on the iPad I understand it even less on the Watch. Calculator watches are an essential classic, and I was pretty surprised it wasn't an option when getting my watch.

    I know there are apps that I can download, but there's the current lag with non-native apps that would cause me to just pull out my phone for a quick calculation, that and I haven't liked any of the non-native calculator apps I've found.

    So what gives? Any chance this is coming?
  2. iCarabma macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2012
    I think Apple would say that the touch targets for a good calculator would be too small on a watch and asking Siri provides a better user experience. (they are mostly right about this, asking siri to calculate things like tips is easy and fun)

    And there are third party solutions. Calcbot is pretty good. I'd assume that watchOS 2.0 calculator apps will be plentiful.
  3. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I have pcalc on my iphone 6 and the pcalc glance showed up on my apple watch with VERY limited capabilities that like +,-,*,/. Since I have it set to RPN on my phone, it's RPN on my watch. The touch targets aren't too small but there's no trig, exponentiation, etc either.
  4. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    There are plenty of calculator apps for iPad, and I'm sure they are more feature rich than if Apple made it for iPad :p
  5. Shinigami301 Suspended


    Jun 5, 2010
    cogito, ergo zoom.
    The buttons on the watch are too small for accurate input on any calculator program I have used so far. Siri works exceptionally well for the type of simple calculations needed here. Agree RPN would be the way to go if needed, but it's still just too inefficient to try to tap numbers on the screen.
  6. zetaplus93 macrumors regular

    May 7, 2015
    Agree that touch targets are too small, especially on the 38mm.

    I tried Calculator+ when I first got the AW. Ignoring speed issues (which can be fixed in watchOS 2 with native apps), the buttons were too small to touch correctly. So out it went. But I can see it being quite useful for simple calculations (i.e. 0-9, +-*/).
  7. aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
    Even the passcode touch targets on 42mm are so bad I had to turn it off. Also, you have wolfram alpha.
  8. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Calculations simple enough to be workable on the Watch should be done in the head anyway so they probably thought it would be pointless to develop a crippled calculator.

    For more complicated calculations, simply pull out your iPhone.
  9. usarioclave macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2003
    I always wondered that too. Even on the Mac the calculator has been pretty lame. The System .93 calculator was basically unchanged for a really long time.

    It's silly for a computer to have a lame calculator, since that's basically what it does when it's all said and done.
  10. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
  11. aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
    If you enable all the advanced options, the Windows Calculator is actually amazing.

    I use Spacetime on my iDevices. Have been using it for over 10 years now, first on my Windows Mobile 2003 handheld. It lets you do absolutely anything once you learn how to use it.
  12. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    I like the iPhone app "Adding Tape" which provides a virtual output tape.
  13. Advil macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    maybe tim cook was a 3rd grade math teacher who said "you won't always have a calculator everywhere you go" and is determined not to be wrong
  14. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Maybe Ive wanted to make the user spin the Digital Crown for each digit entry, and use Force Touch to reach alternative math operations, making it so painful to use, that Cook said let's just leave it out.

    (only half joking)

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