Calculator (Apple)

Stable release
macOS: 10.16
Operating systemClassic Mac OS, macOS, iOS, watchOS

Calculator is a basic calculator application made by Apple Inc. and bundled with its macOS, iOS, and watchOS operating systems. It has three modes: basic, scientific, and programmer.[1] The basic mode includes a number pad, buttons for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing, as well as memory keys. Scientific mode supports exponents and trigonometric functions. The macOS version of Calculator also has a programmer mode that gives the user access to more options related to computer programming.[2]

The Calculator program has a long associated history with the beginning of the Macintosh platform, where a simple four-function calculator program was a standard desk accessory from the earliest system versions. Though no higher math capability was included, third-party developers provided upgrades, and Apple released the Graphing Calculator application with the first PowerPC release (7.1.2) of the Mac OS, and it was a standard component through Mac OS 9. Apple also ships a different application with macOS called Grapher for this purpose.[3]

A calculator function has been included with iOS since its launch on iPhone[4] and iPod Touch.[5] However, iPads have never had a first party calculator application. A native calculator function was added to the Apple Watch with watchOS 6, which included a dedicated button for calculating tips.[6]

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  2. ^ Moore, Matt (October 18, 2021). "4 Useful macOS Calculator Features". MUO. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  3. ^ "Getting Started With Grapher, Your Mac's Built-in Graph Tool". Computer Skills Envato Tuts+. April 8, 2013. Archived from the original on March 18, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  4. ^ Thurrott, Paul (June 29, 2017). "10 Years Later: My Original (and Epic) Apple iPhone Review". Thurrott. Archived from the original on June 29, 2020. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  5. ^ Bangeman, Eric (September 17, 2007). "The iPod meets the iPhone: a review of the iPod Touch". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on June 27, 2020. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Bouchard, Anthony (June 4, 2019). "Apple finally brings a native Calculator app to the Apple Watch in watchOS 6". Archived from the original on January 24, 2021. Retrieved December 14, 2020.

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