The iPhone's multi-language support: English-only input, other languages display

The iPhone's multi-language support: English-only input, other languages display

Several readers have asked if the iPhone supports languages other than English. Jeffrey Williams writes:

"Here is a question I have not seen addressed anywhere: does the iPhone support ideographic languages like Chinese and Japanese? OS X support for display and input of these languages is quite good, and my Treo runs an OS extension that allows for using these languages. If someone sends a Chinese SMS to an iPhone, can it be displayed?"

The answer is that while the iPhone cannot accept input text in languages other than English and currently offers no options to display interface text in languages other than English, it can display Russian, Japanse, Chinese and other character sets on Web pages and in email messages thanks to the included font set.

Feedback? info@iphoneatlas.com.

 

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