IPOD touch calculator (suggestion to hp)



#8

The new IPOD touch and iphone have simple calcutators built in. BUT, wouldn't it be nice if by rotating the units to landscape mode they automatically switch to an 11C or 15C? Would hp ever be willing to get in bed with Apple and produce the code for a useable RPN calc on their products? An 11C in my pocket along with my music would be icing on the cake.


#9

If Apple supported third-party software development for the iPhone and iPod touch, this would happen without any need for HP's involvement. But Steve Jobs apparently finally has achieved his dream of having a completely closed platform. No compilers and SDK for you!

Yes, a few people have managed to build simple applications by reverse-engineering, but normal developers don't have the patience for that.


#10

Since the iPod Touch is Mac OS X based - even if Apple does not open it up - I bet someone will find a way to install 3rd party apps on it.
I think the odds are better for doing something with the iPod touch than with the iPhone.

IIRC, these devices change from portrait to landscape when you physically change the orientation of the device. So you should be able to have 11C and a 42s nicely laid out in their correct orientation.


#11

Quote:
Since the iPod Touch is Mac OS X based - even if Apple does not open it up - I bet someone will find a way to install 3rd party apps on it.
I think the odds are better for doing something with the iPod touch than with the iPhone.

Some already have. Google for iPhone toolchain, I am certain that it will be the same for the iPhone and the iPod touch. Google for iPhone NES and MAME emulators. If they can build video game emulators (the NES has multitouch support too), then building Free42/Nonpareil will be trivial after the UI has been ported.
#12

Chuck,

You may want to check out SciCalc for iPhone, which a friend of mine wrote. It should also work on the new iPod Touch.

It defaults into Algebraic mode, but the author is an RPN fan as well, so it has a very useful RPN mode with an unlimited stack.

Due to an interesting feature in the Safari web browser (used on the iPhone and iPod), you can save the entire application to a bookmark and reload it, even when no wireless network is in range. So you do not need to be online to use the calculator. Just click on "Bookmarklet", and then bookmark the resulting page. Quite neat!


#13

Wow. Now you really have me convinced to get one. I figured I could find an RPN calc when on wifi, but didn't realize it could be saved as a bookmarklet. Thanks for the info Seth.

#14

To appeal more to the masses...

Maybe it should be a 12c when held horizontal?

Ren

dona nobis pacem


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