Apple’s latest iPhone update lets you copy and paste text from photos — here’s how

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  • iOS 15 can recognize text in an iPhone photo and allows users to copy-paste words into a document.
  • For example, users can take a picture of a page in a book and then grab that text and insert it into a document or note.
  • See here how it works.

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The latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 15, has several new features that use artificial intelligence to analyze the content in a photo.

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While object recognition has been around for some time, Apple says its implementation is different because it happens on a device rather than on a cloud server. Plus, it’s built into the operating system.

One of the easiest applications of this new technology is the ability to copy and paste text from a photo – so, for example, a user can take a picture of a page in a book and then grab that text in a document or a document. can put in. pay attention.

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This allows users to call or email more easily by recognizing phone numbers and email addresses, such as those written on a business card.

It also works with handwritten text – Apple’s example was turning scribbles on whiteboards into notes when it announced the feature in June.

Here’s how it works:

copy text from photo

  • Take a photo with text you want to copy to a document. For this example, we’re using a recipe from a cookbook.
  • Go into the Photos app and select the photo with the text you want to copy. This feature also works from the Camera Roll inside the Camera app.
  • Tap the text you want to copy with your finger, just as you would in an Apple Note or text message. Two text selector dots should appear on the photo.
  • Drag the text selection cursor to cover the text you want to copy. Press “Copy”.
  • Go into your word processor of choice, tap on the text field, and paste.

Take a picture of text and insert it directly into the Notes app

  • The new feature also works directly in the word processor like the Notes app.
  • Tap the screen and select an icon in a pop-up that looks like three lines of text in a square box. That’s the live text icon.
  • This will bring up a camera window at the bottom of the screen. Point it at the text and the software will automatically recognize it.
  • Apple’s software will highlight the text it wants to insert into the app inside the Photos window.
  • When the software has selected the correct piece of text, press the blue “Insert” button.

Scan Text Directly From iPhone Camera

  • You can also scan text directly from the iPhone’s Camera app.
  • Point the camera at the words and if the software recognizes the text, it will display a three-lines text icon in the bottom right of the viewfinder or at the top-right in landscape.
  • Press the button. It will turn yellow and bring up a window dedicated to the text in the photo.
  • You can select this text and copy-paste it to any document.


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