Cameras on phones have become indispensable, not only for saving photos of special events but for grabbing and preserving information from our everyday lives as well. Using this camera, we are able to capture high-quality photo scans of documents we may require in the future. Whether it’s phone numbers, email addresses, or general information, we can store it on the camera of the phone, which will be useful at some point later.
At least on iPhone and iPad, we can’t glean that information and turn it into digital text. You can do that with text recognition apps from third-parties. Google Lens also has similar capabilities.The next version of iOS and iPadOS will have Live Text as one of its most exciting features. MacOS Monterey will also support Live Text this year. Automatic detecting and picking up of text, as well as translating it as necessary, is possible using this feature.
There is a possibility that not every iPhone, iPad, and Mac with the latest operating system version will be able to use Live Text.
The iPhone will recognize text when it is pointing at something with text in the camera app in iOS 15; it will appear as a small icon in the bottom right corner. Tap the photo, and you can then interact with its text. In addition, you can tap the image to take action, such as calling a phone number directly from the image or opening an email address. The text can also be copied and pasted into another application, or you can look words up and translate everything.
According to MacRumors, Photo, Screenshot, Quick Look, and Safari support live text.
English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish are all supported by Live Text translation. iPadOS 15 and iOS 15 both support translation system-wide.
This Google Lens alternative is now default in Apple’s core apps for iPhone, iPad, and Monterey, but one thing you need to keep in mind. Live Text relies on Apple’s neural engine, and Apple has specific hardware requirements for it.
Even the six-year-old iPhone 6S smartphone runs iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, but not all of them can handle Live Text or Live Text translation. To take advantage of this awesome new functionality, you need devices powered by an A12 Bionic chip or later, or Macs with M1 chips.
iPhone X and older devices don’t support Live Text. As Macs are powered by Intel chips, they will also not support it. Live Text is currently only available for iPad Air (3rd gen), iPad (8th gen), and iPad mini (5th gen) with iPadOS 15.