The Internet discovered you can swipe to backspace on the iPhone's calculator, and promptly went nuts

The Internet discovered you can swipe to backspace on the iPhone's calculator, and promptly went nuts
How many times have you entered a number in your iPhone's calculator app, only to enter it wrong, erase it in frustration, and begin the exercise all over again? Hopefully not many, because the ability to swipe left or right on the screen to erase the last digit you entered has been around since at least iOS 4. And iOS 4 is 2010 material! One would have thought people have figured out everything there is about the iPhone calculator by now, but things aren't always what they seem.

Two days ago, Twitter user @censoredialogue casually posted about the feature, discovering it for himself this very moment. 34 thousand likes, 29 thousand re-tweets, and hitting USA Today's front page later, the iPhone calculator's profound revelation has officially broken the Internet. It looks like Apple could have done a way better job highlighting the feature, because people are crying tears of joy over its untimely promulgation.

We're signing off with a small sample of the talk and memes cavalcade spawned by the single tweet, content that our readers will too get a chance to re-discover the iPhone's calculator after living in the dark for so long!


source: @censoredialogue via USA Today



1. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

What an amazing innovative feature... lol

4. ayylmao

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 10, 2017


19. Unordinary unregistered

People knew about this for ages. PA is years late to the program. Click bait at its finest.

44. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hey, iPhone sales are sliding, they are desperate since the memo got out that the overlords at Cupertino need serious help pushing product.

21. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah you aren't kidding...doesn't work on my Android. But least my delete button still works :)

39. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

My question is why the heck does NOONE use the C button to clear the last entry like a regular calculator. If you mess up, press C once, and it erases the last number you entered and doesn't clear out the whole thing. Simple and yet so few people know this.

40. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Simple and yet so few people know this." Few people know that? How are you so sure about that? Just curious.

46. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The "internet" wouldn't have had such a big reaction to the stupid swipe gesture if they were using the C button on the iPhone calculator. People were thinking that they'd have to clear the entire set of entries instead of the one they just entered, making the swipe feature seem more important than it needs to be. Do you use an iPhone? If so, next time you use the calculator, punch in "2 x 3" and then hit C, and it'll delete the 3 without deleting the "2 x". How many articles have been released regarding the swipe feature while incorrectly stating "before this, all you could do is press C to clear the whole equation" when, in fact, it doesn't clear the whole equation on the first press, you have to press C twice to clear it completely. Does this satisfy your curiosity or do I need to use stick figures and colorful shapes?

23. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Such a stupid little thing even made front page news! And people wonder why isheep are called isheep. The people that "broke" the internet deserve to be called isheep over this one.

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014's fun. And happiness and joy over its stupidly fun discovery, plus the chance to create memes has caused it to have so many retweets. So don't be an idiot yourself if your sense of humour is so ancient......

26. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Aren't all the articles here posted newest to oldest? They aren't posted by priority or importance... Either way though... you shouldn't be so upset over something so little. Maybe rethink your priorities a bit? Just a thought...

42. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Why you such an angry little cuckdroid?

47. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Let him.

33. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Didn't know about and I don't need it because who the hell messes up when using a calculator lol.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Just say a calculation instead. Besides it's easy and no hands are needed. Ok Google, calculate 56,321.34 divided by 456.651 123.379429

9. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yep and you cam swipe your head when you spell it out wrong.

18. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Are you dumb? e.e

41. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

All this time i didn't know this? Holly

32. AlikMalix unregistered

I erased my stock calculator - can you do that on android?

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It doesn't really delete any apps on iOS. As a matter of fact, if you reset your iPhone then they are all back. Btw there are tools for Android to delete apps and free up rom space.

38. AlikMalix unregistered

I know all that, but curious about these tools for android - got a link? I'll be trying android phone again this year - one thing I hated was all the effing apps preinstslled on my new android phone.

48. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

I have an s8 and I have the option to delete my calculator.

3. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Just goes to show how starved isheeps are for something new.

5. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

lol..the awkward moment when you knew about this from messing with your friend's phone for years and he didnt

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Expecting Apple's stock to skyrocket after this one!

11. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Up 1.66% as of 4:22PM EDT. You are perceptive!

20. Unordinary unregistered

It's been going up practically every week for months. Perceptive? Lol.

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Had no idea. Thanks.

8. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I shake my head, You mean that no one knew this??? come on, no. this is just to dumb to be true. no one ever played around with the calculator. wow that was one of the first things I did ( when I had my iP4s ) and once I discovered it I used it but promptly never use the gesture again because the calculator was not one of my daily apps

10. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

sadly that's one of the many struggles of iphone users like myself...fortunately for me i have my S6 edge that i always rely on...i can't wait for the day that my iphone will stop working so i can get rid of it for good...

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