AN iPhone expert shared a quick and easy way to scan real world text to your Apple device in seconds.
This nifty trick lets you quickly load the contents of a menu or newspaper without the need for a scanner.
It was highlighted by Canadian ex-Apple employee and TikTok star Sabrina Badin in a video posted to her 55,000 followers.
Apparently, having once worked as the Apple Genius — the company’s army of account executives — she knows a thing or two about its devices.
“Your iPhone can now recognize text,” Sabrina posts under the username @sabbadzcalled.
“It lets you copy any text on any board and easily paste it into notes or your messages.”
The tool, dubbed Live Text, was launched around the world earlier this year with the release of iOS 15, the latest version of the iPhone operating system.
The function can not only scan text from real documents, but also copy information in photos – for example the writing on a street sign.
You can use it to make a call, send an email, or look up directions just by tapping on the highlighted text in an image or an online image.
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What is live text?
With Live Text, you can point your iPhone camera at a real object and quickly copy and paste text on it to your handset.
It might help you to make notes on a whiteboard at the end of a meeting or class, or to copy a handwritten note of a family recipe.
It works through the camera app and uses high-tech artificial intelligence to recognize and scan text in a variety of lighting conditions.
“Today, our photos are filled with rich and useful information, from photos of places we visit to handwritten notes of family recipes,” Apple said when it announced the feature at its WWDC event in June.
“Live Text unlocks that information in a really natural way.”
How to use Live Text
To use the tool, you need iOS 15, which is now available to anyone with an iPhone 6S or later, and the 7th generation iPod touch.
You can read our iOS 15 installation guide below.
Once that’s sorted, grab an item with text that you want to scan and open the Camera app on your iPhone.
Point the camera at the object and then tap the indicator that appears on the bottom right of your display. It looks like lines of text surrounded by a frame.
When you tap on it, the text will pop out on your display and give you the option to copy, select, look up, translate or share.
For example, you can copy and paste it into an email or note, or share it with a friend via WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
You can also use Live Text on photos that are already in your photo library.
Just open a photo in the Gallery app and tap and hold a section of text in the image to select and highlight it.
What is iOS 15 and how do I get it?
Released worldwide on September 20th, 2021, iOS 15 is the latest and greatest version of the iPhone operating system.
The update introduced a redesigned home screen and some big changes to Apple’s messaging app iMessage.
It also includes an updated lock screen and a bunch of new privacy and notification features.
However, the headline addition is Focus. The tool allows users to set different notification preferences depending on what they are doing.
You can use the new menu to choose whether you’re driving, working, sleeping, or have a custom status of your choosing.
You have the option to choose whether or not your phone will make a sound or vibrate based on your current status.
Focus even notifies your iMessage contacts of your status to let them know why you’re not replying to their texts.
To download iOS 15, go to Settings > General > Software update.
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