How to Translate Foreign Languages ​​Directly from Your iPhone Camera

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Every year, Apple adds a few new features that make third-party apps redundant. It’s so common that there’s a term for it…sherlocking– which dates back to the early 2000s, when Apple added a native search function that made the Sherlock app unnecessary.

With iOS16, Apple did this for its own translation app (and, by extension, apps like Google Translate). Full multilingual translation functionality is now integrated with live text functionality (the best feature since the last update) in the Camera app. For this to work, just make sure the “Show detected text” the feature is enabled in Settings > Camera. Then navigation is smooth: point your iPhone camera at any text and the feature will translate Arabic, Mainland Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese , Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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Once the text is recognized, the Live Text the icon will appear in the lower left corner. Tap it to recognize the text. Once the Camera app has determined the language, you will see a new Translate button in the lower left corner. Tap on it and you will see the translated text in the camera view. You can tap on any translated text to see more details, like the original text. You will also find options to open it in the Translation app. You can also easily copy the translation. Cool, right?

Speaking of cool, Apple has also added unit conversations to the Live Text feature: Let’s say you come across an ingredient that lists weight in grams, but your recipes are measured in ounces. You can point your iPhone camera at it, tap the Live Text button, and then tap Unity Text. You’ll see instant conversions to multiple international units.


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