Has Text recognition been removed?

iOS and iPadOS

Hi All,
Has Text recognition been removed in ios? Whilst it seemed to be getting worse as each ios 11 update came along, suddenly, it doesn't seem to work at all. I used to get VO saying button possible text and it would then read it. Or in Facebook 3 fingr single tap on a photo with text would read what was there. Now no matter what I do just get centre of screen etc. I'm on ios 11.4 with an iPhone 8. Can anyone still access this.



Submitted by Serena on Friday, June 8, 2018

I can confirm it's not gone. make sure your screen curtain is off, it seems to interfere with this function.

Submitted by Lee on Friday, June 8, 2018

Hi, Tried that. My understanding was that originally SC did make a difference. However, Apple supposedly made a change so it shouldn't matter if it is on or off. Either way it makes no difference. Very odd. You on 11.4? Even a hard reset hasn't made any difference.

Submitted by Greg on Friday, June 8, 2018

In reply to by Lee

I to have the same problem. I’ve turned screen curtain off, but also nothing. Turning off VO and back on use to work for me but no longer. Thought its fb seeing as I haven’t tried it elsewhere.

Submitted by Lee on Friday, June 8, 2018

Does anyone know if in ios 12 they may have looked at improving this? Maybe that is why it is so flaky as they are waiting for the new ios to come out.

Submitted by OldBear on Friday, June 8, 2018

I haven't updated to the latest IOS, and haven't been able to get any sort of image recognition/description to work on the Facebook app pictures with all the tricks for a while. It does describe pictures in the photo app. Those are the only two apps I use the single triple tap in, so don't know where else it's broken.
I've stopped relying on IOS for that, and turn to ocr on my main computer instead.

Submitted by Greg on Saturday, June 9, 2018

I was trying to show a sighted person something on my phone today and they said my screen is blank. I immediately thought screen curtain is on but it wasn't, also set my brightness up and it was still blank. My screen only showed something when I turned VO off. I thought that perhaps this is why text isn't being recognized with 3 finger tap? I know isn't suppose to make a difference anymore, but seems it might... Just some thoughts.