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Texas Instruments today launched a calculator for the iPhone that will cost $14.99 and perform all the functions of its BAII financial calculator. The move is a watershed moment for this scion of high-end calculators (yes, I know about HP, but TI is in my home […]

ba2pluspro_LTexas Instruments today launched a calculator for the iPhone that will cost $14.99 and perform all the functions of its BAII financial calculator. The move is a watershed moment for this scion of high-end calculators (yes, I know about HP, but TI is in my home state and makes the products on which I learned), and possibly an admission that the future of the calculator as a standalone device in this age of smartphones may be limited.

However according to TI spokeswoman Lin Windle, the core TI market — comprised of students and teachers — is still buying calculators, in part because fears of cheating keep wireless-enabled devices out of classrooms and testing centers. “This iPhone app is a way to broaden — not shrink — the total market,” Windle said. “My husband is a realtor and at his office he has a BAII professional on his desk, but when he’s out in the field he needs something handy. We hope this appeals to a broader market.”

I personally would hate for anyone to pry my financial calculator out of my hands, and I treasure the memories of using my TI-85 graphing calculator to play Super Breakout while I was supposed to be learning algebra, so I’m pleased that calculators are getting a bit of a reprieve. Readers, what do you think? Will we ever give up our graphing, financial, or even plain-Jane standalone calculators?

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  2. I am very fond of my TI-89 from college. As far as I am concerned, the iPhone won’t help me do calculus and differential equations.

    1. engineering student Anonymous Sunday, October 18, 2009

      i love my ti 89 also but u should try spacetime
      it does integrations and derivations and other things. it is the most impressive calculator app i have seen and it can replace the ti89

  3. These calculators are getting a new lease of life after someone successfully brute forced the signing key for the operating system, allowing custom OS code to be installed instead.

    Keys: http://wikileaks.org/leak/ti-os-keys-dmca-2009.txt

    More info: http://brandonw.net/

  4. You misspelled calculators.

  5. Carolyn Pritchard Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    That typo has been fixed @JM — thanks, best, Carolyn

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