Apple showed off examples of an iPhone scanning the text from a whiteboard with meeting notes, recognising the restaurant name in a logo on its sign, and picking out details from a boba cup. Apple even claims it will be able to scan handwritten notes and recipes.
Tapping the Live Text button in the Camera app instantly converts any recognised text, letting you select and copy it, but it can also pull text directly from saved images.
You can copy, save, and share that text, or directly search it - looking up the restaurant or ingredient you just found in the text. It’s also smart enough about context to recognise a phone number and instantly turn it into a link to open the Call app.
Alongside English, Live Text works in seven languages for the time-being, including both simplified and traditional Chinese.