This hidden iPad calculator hack is a mathematical lifesaver

iPad calculator
(Image credit: Apple/Impression Europe)

Have you ever noticed your iPad doesn't have a dedicated calculator app? Maybe you're so mathematically adept that it isn't something that you've ever needed (full genius points to you if so), or perhaps it's a glaring omission in your life. Either way, a calculator is always handy to have around, just in case of a numbers-based emergency. To save you downloading a non-Apple app, it's handy to know that iPads do actually have hidden capability to fill the gap left by the lack of an app.

Apparently, the app has been left out because the development team haven't yet found a way to make the calculator special enough to elevate it above the standard iPhone calculator app – but there's a chance they could update the iOS with something mind-blowing at any point, so watch this space. In the meantime, if you need some number-help, there's a built-in calculator function that's ripe for use. Here's how to use it (want an actual calculator app? Try the best iPad alternatives).

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.