iOS 14 to Debut Translation Feature for Safari, Apple Pencil Support on Websites: Report

Some iOS 14 features may have leaked, according to an early build of the software obtained by 9to5Mac, which says Safari will gain a new built-in translator and more.

9to5Mac says it “has found that Safari will have a built-in translator, allowing users to translate web pages without any third-party app or service.” How will the feature work? It will be able to translate text automatically, with the option to switch back and forth between translations on the same page.

Other discoveries in iOS 14 reveal translation may make its way into the App Store for app descriptions and reviews, for text not in one’s native language.

9to5Mac says translations would be processed on devices within the Neural Engine and will work without a data connection, allowing for offline support.

Another feature found was within iPadOS 14, which might include “full support for Apple Pencil input on websites, making it compatible not only to scroll and touch but also to draw and markup with all its capabilities in Safari and other browsers,” reports 9to5Mac’s Filipe Espósito.

Translation for websites would be a long time coming, as those using Google’s Chrome browser have been able to get automatic translations for a while now via Google Translate on both desktop (with an extension) and mobile.

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