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You would soon be able to copy text from WhatsApp images

We see WhatsApp experimenting and even adding new features from time to time and this should continue. The Meta-owned messaging platform is now set to introduce a new feature for those using iOS that will help them copy text from images. Sounds like a handy feature? Read on to find out more.

WhatsApp is working on a new text detection feature

WhatsApp has released a new iOS 23.5.77 beta update, which involves the ability to extract text from shared photos. Now, if you’ve heard of a similar capability, you should know that it’s one of the features of iOS 16. It’s called Live Text, which can help you take text from videos and photos to copy, search or even share.

The same functions have been extended to WhatsApp using the iOS 16 API and you can even translate the text if necessary. We don’t know if it also works for WhatsApp videos. THE WABetaInfo report claims that the feature has started rolling out to some stable users, along with the ability to send voice statuses. Although I haven’t been able to use it yet. We expect the rollout to be gradual. You can still see what it will look like below.

WhatsApp text detection feature
Image: WABetaInfo

For those who don’t know, voice statuses, which were recently introduced, recently began to spread widely to iOS users. Once updated, there will now be a mic icon under the created status option present under the Status tab. You can hold it to record the audio and once you are happy with the result, you can publish it as a disappearing story.

It remains to be seen when this ability will finally be available to everyone. We will keep you posted on this. So stay tuned. In the meantime, share your thoughts on this upcoming ability and whether you like it or not in the comments below.