iOS 14 Finally Adds Built-in Translation and Apple Pencil Support to Safari

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A pre-release build of iOS 14 leaked earlier this year and provided us with a steady stream of information about Apple’s future mobile operating system. Just when we thought we learned all that we could from iOS 14, new details emerged about two exciting new features that Apple is adding to Safari on the iPhone and iPad.

Apple reportedly is working to a built-in translator to Safari. Siri already can translate words and phrases, but this new feature would expand this translation to other parts of iOS.

The first app to get this translation support is Safari, but Apple isn’t going to stop there. The rumor suggests translation also may be extended to the App Store and other native iOS apps.

  1. According to the iOS 14 leak, Safari users will be able to translate web pages without using a third-party app or service.
  2. Similar to Google Chrome’s built-in translation, the Safari version may be able to automatically detect a foreign language on a web page and translate the page content automatically without user intervention.

This translation can even happen when the phone is offline. The neural engine of the A14 processor supposedly will handle the bulk of the translation service, so the data doesn’t have to be sent to Apple for processing. These offline translations also will roll out to Siri using the same neural engine support.

The same leak also suggests Apple Pencil support will be added to websites. iPhone and iPad owners would be able to use the Apple Pencil to scroll through a web page and touch to select items on the page. They also may be able to draw on and markup web page elements within Safari.

Apple is expected to introduce iOS 14 at WWDC 2020, which will be held later this month. Apple will release iOS 14 to developers that day so they can update their apps to work with the latest version of iOS. Apple likely will release iOS 14 publicly in the fall when it unveils the iPhone 12.

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