All iPads Why doesn't the iPad Air have a calculator built in?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ibis ghost, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. ibis ghost macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2013
    I don't understand why they don't include this in the iOS. I know I can download one but its nice to use the control panel when needing it quickly.
  2. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2012
    Yeah, it's odd since the iPhone does have one built-in. There is also no default weather app on the iPad either.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    A question for the ages, it makes no sense. Thankfully, though there's a number of them for free in the app store.
  4. a042349 macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
  5. Kendo macrumors 68020

    Apr 4, 2011
    Not sure what you mean by this?

    I used the iPad last night to research mortgage rates and view homes that I was interested in purchasing because I'd rather do this on an iPad than a tiny iPhone.

    I needed to use my iPhone's calculator to determine my mortgage payments and tax which is pretty ridiculous that I couldn't just do it on the iPad without downloading a calculator app.

    How can they expect the iPad to replace textbooks if you can't do simple math on it for math class?
  6. IGregory macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2012
    I think you are too focus on iPad not having a calculator rather than on there are tens of free apps that will achieve what you want. They just don't have the Apple Logo.
  7. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    While true, however 3rd party apps aren't easily accessible from control panel.
  8. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    It is a hue question that there is no clear answer to. Apple really should add it in iOS 8.
  9. Atrin1 macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2012
    you could just 4 fingers swipe left or right to open the calculator app. probably faster than the control center calculator if it was there
  10. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    Because you don't need a calculator for "simple math". need the wolfram alpha apps ;-)

  11. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    You could do a lot of things. Still think an iPad should have a calc. :D
  12. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    So that when you do your taxes you look like this?

  13. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    There should be a way to pull it out from the side like control center. Would be a neat feature.
  14. iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    To be honest though, there is only a few good calculator app for iPad. The screen is simply too huge and existing calculator apps are either too simple or too messed up.

    Porting full blown Calculator and Weather app directly to iPad will be ridiculous and wasting screen estate needlessly (look at Newsstand app on iPad)

    Shame because Apple is well known to be proud of their apps optimized for iPad display.
    Apple should come up with another approach of iPad calculator and weather. Make it able to fully use the big display and also ability for advanced calculations or even graphic plotting.

    It's a $499 device, give us a good calculator for free, please :apple:
  15. Señor macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2013
    United States
    Introducing the iPad Air with Calculator support, the most forward thinking iPad yet.
  16. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    What calculator apps have you been looking at? I bought the MaxiCalc app and it certainly is not "too simple" or messed up. It's a full calculator with scientific functions, including an adding machine with tape. It's optimized for iPad and fills the entire screen. It fully simulates the true retro style adding machine calculator. I think I paid $0.99. It's very good, but I do agree that Apple should've included a free one. I don't get why they didn't.
  17. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    I really wish the iPad would have all the default iPhone apps as well, including the Phone app. Yes, I know some of these aren't really designed for iPad, but it's a matter of convenience. If I've got my iPhone in the other room, and I'm on my iPad and want to make a call, or make a quick calculation, I don't want to go retrieve my phone to make a call. I just want to make a call right then and there.
  18. kathyricks macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    The original 1984 Mac 128K running OS 1.1 had a built in calculator!
  19. iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    While MaxiCalc quite good, I often use calculator for scientific function. What I really want is an advanced scientific calculator like this, with natural equation input (like VPAM in Casio Calculators)


    Well okay that may be going to be expensive but I would gladly pay for this app. Do you have suggestion in mind?
  20. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    I believe he/she was being facetious. Microsoft has been trying to make the case that their tablets are for work, iPads are for consumption/play.

    Yeah, I can't figure how Calculator, Stocks, Clock (on iOS 5.1.1), and Weather are not useful to iPad users. But then, I have the first generation iPad. Apple didn't think a camera would be useful.

    I have PCalc Lite on my iPad - quite nice. Those huge buttons remind me of the keys on desktop calculators - it's not that much larger than on the real thing, and on a Mini they'd probably be just right.
  21. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011

    Not from the lock screen.
  22. DancyMunchkin macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Yes, it's ridiculous the iPad doesn't contain every app we'll ever need right out of the box. :rolleyes:
  23. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    I don't currently have a suggestion but I will say this, that's a very sophisticated looking calculator and could easily be made for the iPad. Not sure why some great developer hasn't made something like this so far. Yes, other than MaxiCalc there aren't any real great complex calculators for iPad. I figured by now there would be. I just got my first iPad (Air) and I was surprised by the anemic amount of calculators on the App Store.
  24. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Look up TI NSpire.
  25. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA

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