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Translate (Apple)

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Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseSeptember 16, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-09-16) (iOS)
September 20, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-09-20) (iPadOS)
Operating systemiOS and iPadOS
PlatformiPhone 6S and iPhone SE (1st generation) or later
iPad Mini 4 or later
iPad (5th generation) or later
iPad (6th generation) or later
iPad Pro (1st generation) or later
TypeTranslation software

Translate is a translation app developed by Apple for their iOS and iPadOS devices. Introduced on June 22, 2020, it functions as a service for translating text sentences or speech between several languages and was officially released on September 16, 2020, along with iOS 14. All translations are processed through the neural engine of the device, and as such can be used offline.[1]


On June 7, 2021, Apple announced that the app would be available on iPad models running iPadOS 15, as well as Macs running macOS Monterey alongside other system-wide translation features. The app was officially released for iPad models on September 20, 2021, along with iPadOS 15.

On June 6, 2022, Apple announced six new languages, Turkish, Indonesian, Polish, Dutch, Thai and Vietnamese. The six new languages work on iPhone 8 or later, iPhone 8 Plus or later, iPhone X or later, iPhone SE (2nd generation) or later, iPad Air (3rd generation) or later, all iPad Pro models, iPad Mini (5th generation) or later and iPad (5th generation) or later. The Turkish, Indonesian, Polish, Dutch and Thai languages were added to the app on June 22, 2022, the second anniversary of the announcement of the app. The Vietnamese language was added to the app on July 27, 2022.

iOS 16 introduced the ability to translate text through the camera, allowing users to translate text on objects or physical documents in real-time.[2]


Translate originally supported the translation between the UK (British) and US (American) dialects of English, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, the European dialect of Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, the Brazilian dialect of Portuguese and Russian.[3] This grew to 17 languages as six new languages were added in 2022, such as Turkish, Indonesian, Polish, Dutch, Thai and Vietnamese. All languages support dictation and can be downloaded for offline use. Support for Ukrainian was added with the release of iOS 17[4] and Hindi in iOS 18.

Language Date added
Arabic 2020
Chinese (Simplified) 2020
Chinese (Traditional) 2021
Dutch 2022
English (UK) 2020
English (US) 2020
French 2020
German 2020
Hindi 2024
Indonesian 2022
Italian 2020
Japanese 2020
Korean 2020
Polish 2022
Portuguese (Brazil) 2020
Russian 2020
Spanish (Spain) 2020
Thai 2022
Turkish 2022
Ukrainian 2023
Vietnamese 2022


  1. ^ "Translate text, voice, and conversations on iPhone". Apple Support. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  2. ^ "iOS 16: How to Translate Text in the Camera App". MacRumors. 2022-09-09. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  3. ^ "Apple's new Translate app works offline with 11 languages". 22 June 2020. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  4. ^ "Apple translator receives important update for Ukrainians". RBC-Ukraine. Retrieved 2023-10-02.