KEY POINTS

  • Leaked iOS 14 code reveals a built-in translator feature for Safari
  • The feature will allow users to see foreign websites in a readable language
  • The code also shows that the translator feature will work locally without internet

Leaked iOS 14 code reveals that Apple is working on adding a built-in translator function to Safari, allowing users to see foreign websites in a language they will understand.

An early iOS 14 build acquired by 9To5Mac revealed that Safari will soon have a built-in translator that will automatically translate foreign websites into a language that the user will be able to read.

The translation feature will likely be available as an individual option that allows users to translate on a website-by-website basis. It will also come with an automatic feature that will translate languages without the need for users to do anything.

9To5Mac noted that Siri is already capable of translating words and phrases in iOS, and the new feature is a sign that Apple is working on expanding the capability across the system. Safari's built-in translator will detect the language presented on the website, then translate it to the user's preferred language.

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Interestingly, the translations will be processed locally using the device's Neural Engine, which means users won't need to be connected to the internet for it to work. The device will not need to send information to Apple and connect with a service to be able to translate words. It will all be done on the device, which means users will be able to use the feature anytime, anywhere.

By processing translations locally, users also won't have to worry about anyone else snooping around and monitoring what they are translating. Cult of Mac noted that it will “give users privacy.”

Not just for Safari

The report added that Apple is testing the translation feature with other apps, such as the App Store. By using the feature, iOS will be able to accurately translate app descriptions and reviews that were written in another language so that users will be able to read it.

The feature indicates that Apple is working on making iOS more useful to more people across the globe. If the feature does get included in the public iOS 14 public release, fans can expect to hear more about it this month during WWDC 2020. Apple is expected to unveil iOS 14 in the event, which will start June 22. Major macOS, watchOS and tvOS releases will be announced there as well.