iOS 14 could include built-in translator in Safari and Apple Pencil support for websites

Apple is working on a new translation feature and Pencil support for websites in Safari for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, as per the latest reports.

9to5mac has obtained code which shows that Safari browser in the upcoming iOS 14 may have the ability to translate web pages without the use of a third-party application. There is a possibility that if web translator feature is release on iOS 14, it may also be released in the next macOS update.

Reportedly, there will be an option to enable and disable translations for individual websites and users would also be able to switch between the original and the translated text without reloading the page. Furthermore, this feature is expected to work without Wi-Fi as all the translations will be processed locally using the Neural Engine.

iOS 14

The report claims that the alleged language translation feature could be be expanded to third-party iOS apps in the future, and the possibility for that is currently being tested. Apple might introduce a development framework in the future to allow developers to implement language translation in their apps.

The report states:

“But Safari is just the beginning before Apple expands this feature across the system, as we found out that the translation option is also being tested with other apps, such as the App Store. In this case, iOS would translate app descriptions and reviews from users if these were written in another language”.

iOS 14 Details

It is also expected that the iOS 14 users might also have full Apple Pencil support for websites in Safari. This means that users will be able to markup and draw in websites in Safari and other web browsers using Pencil. However, this feature will be limited to iPadOS 14 on iPad, as there is not support for Apple Pencil on iPhones.

The 1st generation Apple Pencil is compatible with these devices:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)

The 2nd generation Apple Pencil is compatible with these devices:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later

It goes without saying that some features seen from the beta build may not make it to the official iOS 14 release because Apple is known for making numerous changes during the development phase. We will know the confirmed features of the new operating system when it is officially announced at WWDC20 this month.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.


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