The Wolfram|Alpha Blog is now part of the Wolfram Blog. Join us there for the latest on Wolfram|Alpha and other Wolfram offerings »
The Wolfram|Alpha Team

Wolfram|Alpha App for iOS Adds Image as Input

March 14, 2012 —
Comments Off

The latest version of our Wolfram|Alpha App for iOS just hit the iTunes App Store, and it comes with some exciting new features! Alongside visual upgrades to weather queries and the addition of links to purchase consumer products directly from Best Buy comes the biggest upgrade to our mobile app yet: using images as input.

Image analysis on iPad

With an in-app purchase of $0.99 comes the ability to use photos from your Camera Roll or pictures taken on the fly and input them directly into Wolfram|Alpha. Wolfram|Alpha can then provide analysis of your photo, add filters, detect features, perform color processing, and apply image effects.

Edge detectDetect Edges

Weather and consumer product queries also received an update. A query for the weather will provide a more graphical output, and a query for a consumer product, like a washer, will come with links to purchase the items directly from Best Buy.

WeatherConsumer products

The Wolfram|Alpha App for iOS can be found on the iTunes App Store for $2.99. Feel free to learn more about this app, our Wolfram Course Assistant Apps, and our other mobile apps.


Pic is worth sight, sound is worth hearing, text is worth reading, this new app from wolfram alpha will add one dollar to the project from one billion people in time. Steve jobs may have passed. It the iPad and iPhone live on as smart products that carry wolfram alpha. The new iPad will give better quality pics for less price to this new app. Well done Stephen Wolfram. Many happy returns.

Posted by Rod Young March 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Will the Android version one day see this awesomeness?

Posted by Travis Whitaker March 16, 2012 at 11:16 am

Where are the User Instructions on how to use the image processing feature? I tried pasting apicture into the input line as shown on the blog but nothing happened ? The price is shown on the blog as 2.99 but on the ipad itunes it is shown as 0.99.
BG WA Volunteer Curator

Posted by Brian Gilbert March 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

when you purchase this add-on is it a one time charge or do you pay every picture you use?

Posted by John May 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    @ John –
    The add-on is a one time charge. Thanks!

    Posted by The Wolfram|Alpha Team May 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I use this awesome app for my Math calculations. If I take a picture of the problem I need to solve and upload it in my wolframaplha app, will it be able to read that question?

Posted by Phillips Schumaker April 17, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you for your question! Text recognition is a work in progress and currently does not work well with special characters including those used in math problems.

    The Wolfram|Alpha Team

    Posted by The Wolfram|Alpha Team April 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Hi just wondering
Will samsung galaxy note 3 ever be able to use this image input

Posted by Ninsky June 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm