Apple announced on Monday a tool for its new iOS 15 operating system that recognizes and digitizes the text in photographs, allowing it to automatically convert notes taken by hand or the content of street signs and indicators.
The new feature, dubbed "Live Text," is similar to what competing companies like Google and Samsung already offer, now reaching hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users worldwide.
To convert the text of a photograph (for example, a purchase receipt or a book page) to digital, simply select the image on your cell phone or tablet and click on it, after which you can copy the words and paste them, for example, into a new document.
This tool, which works through artificial intelligence, can be used in seven different languages -among them, in Spanish- on iPhone, iPad and Mac computers.
In addition to iOS 15 for iPhone, the firm led by Tim Cook also took advantage of the opening of its annual WWDC developer conference on Monday to present new operating systems for its tablets (iPadOS 15), smart watches (watchOS 8) and computers (macOS Monterey ).
The main novelty of iPadOS 15 is the improvement of the multitasking function, which from now on will make it easier to show the split screen and migrate from one activity to another, while watchOS 8 introduces a new application to control and monitor breathing.
For its part, macOS Monterey increases the compatibility between Macs and tablets, so that it is enough to place the iPad next to the computer so that the mouse cursor and the keyboard begin to operate on both devices.
Also following the logic of reducing barriers between devices, the new operating system for Mac allows you to play audio and image content from your cell phone on your computer.
Apple updates FaceTime and blurs barriers between its operating systems
Apple inaugurated its annual WWDC developer conference on Monday with an update of its FaceTime video calling service, which equates it to the popular Zoom, and with the presentation of new operating systems that increasingly blur the boundaries between iPhone, iPad and Mac .
The firm headed by Tim Cook has seen over the last year how FaceTime competitors such as Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams gained more and more ground amid the pandemic, and has focused efforts on updating its service with all the capabilities of the competition. .
Thus, the company's renewed video calling platform introduces the possibility of creating links that can be shared with other users, which allows access through the web to those who are not using Apple devices (such as Android or Windows ), something that was not possible until now.
In addition, it adds a "grid" display system - in which all participants in the call appear with the same dimensions one next to the other - and portrait mode to automatically blur the backgrounds.
Another improvement in FaceTime is the inclusion of spatial audio, so that in a video call with several participants, the voice of each of them will sound as if it came from the same place where that person appears on the screen (upper right corner , lower left corner, etc.).
Also in relation to sound, the updated version of Apple's video conferencing platform is capable of detecting and eliminating background noises such as construction sites or vacuum cleaners, so that the conversation can be heard as clearly as possible.
The renewed version also includes SharePlay, a tool to listen to music or watch movies and television simultaneously with other users during a call, trying to take advantage of the popularity that this type of activity has reached with covid-19.
Apart from FaceTime, the new operating system for iPhone phones, iOS 15, presents improvements in design and privacy, as well as, for the first time, the possibility for users to digitize their identity documents and store them in the digital wallet, with what they could access, for example, to airports.