iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, and macOS Sonoma to include built-in translate app integration

A new update will allow developers to offer built-in translation for their apps
An undated image of an Apple Store. — iStock
An undated image of an Apple Store. — iStock

At this year's World-Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC), Apple announced significant updates for iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, and macOS Sonoma and beyond. They introduced a new API designed to integrate the Translate app's capabilities directly into third-party applications.

This API allows developers to seamlessly incorporate system-integrated translation features into their apps, enhancing functionality across platforms like iPhone, iPad, and Mac. For example, users can expect smoother translation experiences within user-generated reviews, enabling text to be translated from one language to another effortlessly.

Looking ahead to iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, Apple is refining this capability further. Translations will appear within apps themselves rather than using separate translation sheets, ensuring a more integrated user experience.

In addition to these enhancements, iOS 18 introduces Bilingual Keyboard Support. This feature enables users to type in two languages simultaneously, such as German and English, without needing to switch keyboards. It also offers text suggestions in both languages.

iOS 18 release timeline

iOS 18 is currently available for developer testing, with a public beta expected to launch in July. The official release is slated for September, coinciding with the introduction of new iPhone models.