Live Text on iPhone can be a highly useful way to capture text in images. It can also be used for stealing notes from classmates as well.
Live Text was introduced by Apple with iOS 15 and makes it easy to extract text from an image, but students have apparently devised a new use case scenario that involves stealing notes from their classmates. Misuse of features on devices is not unheard of in institutions. For example, students have been hacking school-issued iPads as far back as 2013 to listen to music, check Facebook, and surf the web.
Before Live Text and rival Optical Character Recognition (OCR) service Google Lens made a splash, students were using apps like Socratic to scan questions and get answers from a database of academic material. There are even apps such as Smart Hide Calculator that look like a regular app at first glance, but once users enter a passcode, it allows them access to other files stored on their phone, including photos, videos, and documents. Speaking of calculators, the Apple Watch calculator app is also fairly popular among students, especially in scenarios like exams where phones are not allowed. With the latest Apple Watch Series 7 featuring a larger screen and its own keyboard, it’s likely to be even more popular as a ‘learning’ aid.
The latest Apple product that has been creatively weaponized by students appears to be Live Text. In a TikTok video shared to Twitter by Juan Buis, a student can be seen using Live Text to capture an image of another student’s notes on their laptop. Using the Live Text feature, the text in the image is then extracted for copying. For those still new to Live Text, the feature can do more than just extract text from images.
Live Text Is Cool. Stealing Notes Not So Much
Live Text can also identify email addresses and phone numbers, and provides contextual action buttons for calling a number or sending an email. It can also translate text within an image and provides an easy path to web searches as well. All this happens in the pre-installed Photos app. There’s a Share option too, which can be tapped to share the selected text using AirDrop, Messages, Mail, or another communications app. Live Text in the Photos app on iPhone follows the same formula as Google Lens in the Google Photos app on Android. However, the latter offers a few more features, such as copying text to a linked computer and listening to the selected text.
The video has already received tens of thousands of likes on Twitter, while the original video has amassed even more on TikTok. Needless to say, it is definitely not a good move to copy notes from another classmate using Live Text, or any other tool for that matter. While school authorities will likely take notice of the ingenious hack, users on social media will continue to be amused by it, and find new ways to use Live Text to their advantage.
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