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iOS gets the same system-wide translation powers as Android

iOS gets the same system-wide translation powers as Android

Google's long been the king of machine translation, but Apple appears to have designs upon its throne. The company revealed that its next release of iOS would feature "Live Text," a feature that's more or less a straight copy of the image processing Google has been doing in Lens for years. But as part of that, it's going to add rapid language translation pretty much everywhere in the operating system, including selectable text.

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Apple's new Live Text feature is a years-late Google Lens ripoff

Apple's new Live Text feature is a years-late Google Lens ripoff

We're here at WWDC — well, not "here," it's remote, and I'm sitting in my office streaming, blogging, and drinking coffee — and Apple is showing off all the new software features we can look forward to for the coming year for its products. But one particular announcement just caught our eye, a new "Live Text" feature that promises to let you pull text and contact details from photos. For Android users, this sounds pretty goddamn familiar. Ever hear of Google Lens, Apple?

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