The calculator app in macOS Sequoia: New design and notes link

When looking into the Beta version of macOS 15 Sequoia I noticed several Apple apps that have received some design adjustments – for example says Kalender and the cards. There is also a pretty noticeable redesign of the calculator app. Not only have its virtual buttons been converted from rectangles to circles, but a completely new menu button has also been added. This meant that a menu could be removed from the menu bar. Finally, there is now a shortcut to the notes app. I have summarized all the information on the points listed in this article.

The new design of the calculator app in macOS 15 Sequoia on the Apple Mac.
The new design of the calculator app in macOS 15 Sequoia on the Apple Mac.

The calculator in macOS 15: New design and menu button

If you look at the calculator app from previous Mac operating systems (up to macOS 14 Sonoma), you will notice the square keys, of which the zero (0) takes up a lot of space. By redesigning them to round keys, space was created next to the zero to implement a new key. This shows a calculator symbol. If you click on it, a dropdown menu opens.

By revising the old design (left) to the new design (middle), a menu button could be implemented (right).
By revising the old design (left) to the new design (middle), a menu button could be implemented (right).

The individual items in the new calculator menu

Whether in standard view, scientific mode or when using the conversion function in the views mentioned - the menu can always be accessed. Only in the programming calculator there was no room for this button, so you have to switch back to the other views via the menu bar and the "Display" menu. However, if the menu button is available, these are the options that can be selected from it:

  • Standard: The simple view of the app for performing basic arithmetic.
  • Scientific: More comprehensive view for geometric, physical and other complex calculations.
  • Program: Nerd view for calculating ASCII, Unicode, binary and hexadecimal values. 
  • Mathematical Notes: Opens the Notes app so that you can use the Math Notes features introduced with Sequoia.
  • Convert: Replacement for the "Convert" menu in the menu bar. Here you can select different units to convert (a search text field makes it easier to find the option you are looking for).
Convert currencies, units of measurement and more: The necessary menu has now been transferred directly to the app.
Convert currencies, units of measurement and more: The necessary menu has now been transferred directly to the app.
For comparison: Until macOS 14 Sonoma, you had to go to the menu bar to convert units.
For comparison: Until macOS 14 Sonoma, you had to go to the menu bar to convert units.
If you want to switch back from the programming view to another design, you have to use the menu bar. There is no menu button available here. And yes, in the current Sequoia Beta the app is called "Calculator" instead of "Rechner".
If you want to switch back from the programming view to another design, you have to use the menu bar. There is no menu button available here. And yes, in the current Sequoia Beta the app is called “Calculator” instead of “Rechner”.

Starting with Sequoia, there is “Mathematical Notes” on the Apple Mac

As mentioned, the calculator app on the Apple Mac with macOS Sequoia offers a shortcut to the notes. If you click on this menu item, however, only the notes app opens with the most recently edited note. I created a new folder for the mathematical notes with individual notes for certain calculations. This keeps everything organized.

Math Notes in the Notes app. This app can be accessed via the corresponding menu item in the Calculator app.
Math Notes in the Notes app. This app can be accessed via the corresponding menu item in the Calculator app.

In the mathematical notes, you can specify variables to use in a formula and customize them, and you can also write out calculations. If you then hover the mouse pointer over a value in the calculation, a controller symbol appears. If you click on this, you can use a rotary controller to adjust the value. The result at the end of the line changes in real time.

Values ​​in a formula can be adjusted using a virtual dial. The result is updated in real time.
Values ​​in a formula can be adjusted using a virtual dial. The result is updated in real time.

I will put together more about mathematical notes on the Mac in a separate post to provide an overview. If you have any questions about the new calculator app or the math options in the notes app, you can ask them under this post. I will try to find an answer :)

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