Who needs Calculator? The iPhone’s Mail app can do math! - Macenstein

Who needs Calculator? The iPhone’s Mail app can do math!

I ran into an odd problem today with my Mail on my iPhone. As you can see below, one of my IMAP accounts now thinks I have “negative 1” e-mails.

The funny thing is, it appears that Mail actually understands negative numbers, as you can see the icon shows that I only have 1 message, as 1 -1 +1 = 1.

I sent another message to myself, and yes, Mail knows that 2 -1 +1 = 2.

This seems to be an odd IMAP glitch others have experienced as well, according the Apple support discussions, so hopefully when I get home and am able to restore my iPhone all will be right with the world. (Unless after the restore Mail starts thinking I have the square root of 10 e-mails…)

5 Responses to “Who needs Calculator? The iPhone’s Mail app can do math!”
  1. iShervin says:

    lol that happened before for me 😀 as i set up so many imap and pop accounts on iphone…

  2. crsrc says:

    I’ve had -1 text messages before. That really freaked me out.

  3. Juan says:

    LOL, that’s because how programing languages works, if you put 2 numbers in 2 variables and they add them up, if one of they is a negative number, it does the subtraction. it’s not because they program it to be aware of this case (I think) but because they were just adding.
    Great site BTW.


  4. Dave-O says:

    Bah! Talk to me when your unread count goes imaginary. That would be impressive.

  5. roy says:

    wow my 4 year old cousin under stands negatives
    when it get non real numbers then ill be immpressed

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