Tip of the Day: Siri Is Better with Numbers than Your iPhone's Calculator

The utility I use the most on my iPhone is the calculator. I use it often to reconcile my checkbook, calculate discounts in the store, and more. but when I use the iPhone's calculator to add up a list of numbers, it doesn't offer a record of what I input, so I don't know if I made an error tapping numbers in.

Enter Siri..... I can activate her and say "85 plus 25.5 plus 941.12 plus 6 plus 168.96," and she will go to Wolfram Alpha for the answer. The bonus is Siri shows a record of what l said, so I can check it. And if I made a mistake, all I do is press tap to edit (under the formula) and correct it and it calculates again. I don't have to do it all over again like I would in Calculator. Very slick!

[Updated to add: Unfortunately, this tip will only work in English, since Wolfram Alpha is not capable of understanding any other languages yet.]

 

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<p>Steve Overton has been working with and providing tech support for realtors for more than 20 years. He was a Dale Carnegie Instructor in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for 10 years. During that time, he bought his first handheld device — an Apple Newton — and hasn't looked back since.</P>
<p>Currently a realtor in Vermont at <a href="http://www.TechAgentVT.com">KW Vermont</a>, Steve owns four Macintosh computers, as well as an iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. He is happily married and lives on 25 acres with his wife of 16 years.</P>