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Just point your iPhone at anything, let it speak what it sees

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Have you ever wished you could see things nearby better than your eyes? Maybe you want to read small print on a label, a menu or a book.

Or maybe you just want to have some fun with your iPhone and discover new details in your surroundings.

Whatever the reason, there is a cool feature on your iPhone that can help you see things easier and even tell you what it’s looking at.

It’s called the point-and-speak feature, and it’s exactly that: Point your iPhone at something to read and it will speak it to you.

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What is point-and-speak?

The point-and-speak feature is part of the magnifier app, which is a built-in accessibility tool for people with visual impairments. But anyone can use it, whether you have low vision or not.

The Magnifier app turns your iPhone into a digital magnifying glass that can zoom in and out, adjust brightness and contrast, and apply filters to enhance the image. The point-and-speak feature adds another layer of functionality: It can recognize text in the image and read it aloud using Siri’s voice.

Requirements to use the point-and-speak feature

To use the point-and-speak feature, you need to have iOS 17 or later installed on your iPhone, and your iPhone model must have a LiDAR sensor. The LiDAR sensor is a special camera that can detect depth and distance. You can check if your iPhone has a LiDAR sensor by looking at the back of your iPhone. If you see a small black circle next to the main camera, that means your iPhone has a LiDAR sensor. The iPhone models that have a LiDAR sensor are:

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If you don’t already have the Magnifier app on your iPhone

How to use the point-and-speak feature

If your iPhone has a LiDAR sensor and iOS 17 or later, you can use the point-and-speak feature by following these steps:

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How to receive live image descriptions

There is also a feature that can help you know what your iPhone is seeing. It’s called live image descriptions, and it can tell you what objects, people and text are in your camera view. Live image descriptions are also part of the Magnifier app. Here’s how to turn on live image descriptions and use them:

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Live Image Descriptions are a useful and fun feature that can help you explore and learn more about your environment. Try them out and see what your iPhone can see.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

The point-and-speak and the Live Image Descriptions features are amazing tools that can help you see and hear things better using your iPhone. They are not only useful for people with visual impairments but also for anyone who wants to have some fun and discover new things in their surroundings.

Whether you want to read a small print, a sign, or a book, or you want to know what objects, people, and text are in your camera view, you can use these features to make your iPhone more than just a phone. Try them out and see what your iPhone can do for you.

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