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The new iPhone hack that will save you time and severe frustration

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
August 14th, 2019

You know how in life you’re naturally good at some things and totally suck at others? I think as you get older those strengths and weaknesses become clearer and clearer and after 40 years on this planet, I’ve come to realise that I am seriously numerically impaired. Like, I’m not just talking about not knowing what Pi means, but more like I can’t help my son with his grade three maths homework. There’s actually a name for this – Dyscalculia – which is pretty much the mathematic equivalent of Dyslexia. Side note: I’m totally gonna file that word into the box in my brain that stores HEAPS of useless, random info, which is actually one of my strengths, so it’s not all bad.

My inability to do the simplest of maths equations is made infinitely easier by the fact that I’ve got my trusty iPhone calculator with me at all times.  You’d think the fact that I rely on that thing so heavily to help me work out anything that involves a +, -, %, x or ÷  would mean I knew all of its functions, but I learnt something today that totally blew my mind. And you’re gonna be so into it.

Ok, so you know how when you’re using your phone calc to work out an equation and you fuck up a digit on a number? It’s more annoying than a regular calculator because there’s no back button to delete it, which means and you’ve gotta start the whole goddamn thing again.


Did you know that you can simply swipe left or right over the digits you’ve entered into your iPhone calculator and it will start deleting them one by one. Twitter user @riverrich20 has made this handy vid to show you how it works in action…

Life. Changed. Forever. You are welcome.

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