You Can Get Translations Directly From the Camera App in iOS 16

Apple in iOS 16 has brought its system wide translate feature to the Camera app, allowing the iPhone to be used to translate signs, packaging, and more in real time.

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Using the translate feature is as simple as opening up the Camera app and pointing it at the text you want to translate. Tap on the text selection button in the app to select the detected text, and then choose the translate option to get an instant translation.

You can pause the view to get translations overlaid on text, and zoom in for a closer look. It's a useful feature that's perfect for signs and other wording that you might not understand when you're traveling.

The Google Translate app has long had a similar feature where you can activate a camera in the app and translate whatever text is around you, so this new ‌iOS 16‌ feature basically puts the iOS Camera app on par with Google's Translate option.

Apple has also added new Quick Actions that can be used with this Camera feature and with other Live Text options across iOS. Quick Actions make data that's detected in photos, videos, and through the Camera app actionable. Flight information, shipments, foreign languages, currencies, URLs, and more can be tapped on so you can track packages, make conversions, visit URLs, and more, all from content within photos and videos.

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‌iOS 16‌ is available to developers at the current time, with Apple planning to make a public beta available in July.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
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Top Rated Comments

chumps52 Avatar
16 weeks ago
I've not used Apple's translate much, but if it's as accurate as Google Translate (probably not, but if it's close enough at least), I might replace the latter with this...
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Corsig Avatar
16 weeks ago
As someone teaching themselves a new language I’m looking forward to this new feature
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
red elma Avatar
16 weeks ago
Awesome feature!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
16 weeks ago
Very cool feature! I can see this being very useful.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleFan1998 Avatar
16 weeks ago
I use the Google one a lot, hopefully this one will be comparable or better.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sakurambo-kun Avatar
16 weeks ago
Siri understands a small number of languages compared to Google Translate, so unless that's changed then this won't be on the same level.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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