Updated June 11th, 2024 at 18:21 IST

Social Media Reacts After Apple Finally Brings Native Calculator App to iPad with iPadOS 18

Apple introduces a native iPad Calculator app with Apple Pencil integration and "Math Notes" for solving handwritten equations in iPadOS 18.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Edited by: Garvit Parashar
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After years of anticipation and user requests, Apple has finally introduced a native Calculator app for the iPad, unveiled during the WWDC 2024 keynote. This long-awaited feature arrives with iPadOS 18 and includes an exciting new capability: Apple Pencil integration.

While the iPad calculator retains the familiar look of its iOS counterpart, it introduces a groundbreaking feature called "Math Notes." This addition allows users to scribble equations directly in the app with the Apple Pencil, transforming handwritten problems into solved solutions instantly. The feature doesn’t just recognize handwriting but also performs the calculations, making it an invaluable tool for students and professionals alike.

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“Calculator comes to iPad. Biggest cheer of the day. Not joking,” declared MKBHD, reflecting the enthusiasm shared by many in the tech community.

The "Math Notes" feature represents a significant leap forward in digital learning and productivity. By allowing users to draw formulas and have them solved on the spot, Apple is once again setting a new standard for educational tools. This innovation could revolutionise the way students learn and solve maths problems, although it might also raise concerns among educators about the ease with which students can now complete their work.

Rumours of a native calculator app for the iPad have circulated for years. The speculation finally ended with this announcement, but hints of something special had been teased earlier. Three years ago, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, hinted at a unique iPad calculator in a video with YouTuber MKBHD. He emphasised Apple’s commitment to bringing something distinctive to the table, and with the release of iPadOS 18, that promise has been fulfilled.

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The reaction from iOS users has been overwhelmingly positive, with social media buzzing about the new feature. 

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Let’s check out some of the reactions of the users after this news broke out. 

iPadOS 18 also includes “Smart Script,” a feature designed to enhance handwriting legibility. 

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Published June 11th, 2024 at 18:21 IST