Move over Google Lens! iOS 15 will be able to recognize text in your photos

Apple iOS 15 Live Text
(Image credit: Apple)

The upcoming Apple iOS 15 has some exciting fresh features for iPhones, but we reckon Apple's new Live Text feature is the most impressive camera-based update due to appear in iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey.

Picture the scene: you're walking down the street and and pass a storefront you like the look of, but don't have time to go in. You snap a quick photo of its contact details, but then you've got to go back to the photo and manually enter the website URL into your web browser, or the store's phone number into the dialler.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.