iOS 14 Features New Translate App With Support for 11 Languages and Offline Mode

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Apple today announced that iOS 14 features an all-new Translate app for translating conversations, with support for 11 different languages at launch and an offline mode for private voice and text translation.


Supported languages include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

When you place your iPhone in landscape orientation, a microphone button appears as a quick way to begin translating. The side-by-side user interface makes it easy for two people to have a conversation in different languages.

Here's how Apple explains the feature:
Automatic language detection transcribes the original and translated text on the appropriate sides of the screen, followed by translated audio. Translate uses advanced on-device machine learning and the powerful Apple Neural Engine to enable natural-sounding conversations.
Users can save translations in the Favorites tab, which also displays a recent history.

iOS 14 is available in beta for registered Apple developers today, with a public beta to follow next month. The free software update will be released in the fall for the iPhone 6s and newer.

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spinedoc77

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Cool, the more Google products I can remove from my iphone the better ! Did they happen to mention which 11 languages they are supporting?
 

stainless

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What languages are supported?
Watch the video. English, Chinese, Spanish, and many more.
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For those that don't know, this is a direct competitor to Microsoft Translator and Google Translate (Which doesn't work in China, unless you have already downloaded the language). If you travel a lot as I do, this is a well-needed feature, ESPECIALLY offline because you do not always have access to Wifi or Cell in China, Spain, Italy, let along many remote areas of Asia. It will be interesting to see if they add, Picture translators, which both aforementioned have and is important when ordering food off a menu (Did I just order Dog!?).
 

JosephAW

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I wonder who they will license this through to have off-line translation?
I tried to translate a lot of text once and the software was expensive to do it off-line.
 

Username32123

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I hope the ‘Portuguese’ available on this app is authentic European Portuguese and not Brazilian “Portuguese” that many apps and services pass off as Portuguese without distinction. It’s really insulting to be a European Portuguese person and have your national identity and language constantly misrepresented as something even you have trouble understanding much of the time.
 

JKAussieSkater

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I don't care for another translator… what I really need is a UI overlay that can translate apps without multi-lingual support. For example, many useful apps in Japan are not made available in English—or when they are made in English, have features cut down from the original app.

In addition, some websites use images with burned-in text as buttons, so a UI overlay with text-recognition would be most helpful where meta-data or text doesn't exist.
 

cjboffoli97

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I've been playing around with this translator app for the last day or so and I have to say it is surprisingly good (at least with French and Spanish). Fast too.
 

cmaier

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I've been playing around with this translator app for the last day or so and I have to say it is surprisingly good (at least with French and Spanish). Fast too.
I'm finding it to be very good with german so far. (though i've only taste it in german->english. I'll play around with the reverse later).
 
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