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iOS 15 Live Text feature works only on iPhone XS and later

One of the most prominent new features introduced in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is Live Text. As the name suggests, this brand-new feature provides the user with the ability to select text directly from photos. The fun fact is this functionality is baked right into the Camera app. Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi at WWDC21 demonstrated by pointing the iPhone to a notes-filled whiteboard.

The text upon a scan is highlighted in a bracket in the camera viewfinder, tapping the text capture below the viewfinder brings up the text for interaction. The text can be copied, looked upon on the internet, or even translate if required. On that note, we are currently testing the iOS 15 Developer Beta 1 and everything seems pretty stable so far. Refer to the screenshots below.

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In Photos, tap the Live Text feature to capture the text to copy, lookup, translate, and more. Spotlight now shows pictures with relevant text in them as part of the Live Text feature and on-device intelligence.

One can also make use of Live Text to get phone numbers, addresses, and other vital information. This is especially beneficial in an instance where a promotional brochure of a product can interact within seconds of receiving one. As exciting as the new appears to be, it works only on the iPhone XS and later devices due to the limitations in chipsets prior to the A12 Bionic.

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