On the Mac if you three-finger tap a word, a dictionary definition appears. I'd like to know if I would be able to get this on an iPad specifically for the Japanese dictionaries.

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Yes, on iPad on iOS5.1.1. At the moment, I am having trouble getting the same functionality on iPhone on iOS6.0.1, though. Japanese dictionary is there, but I can't get the English-Japanese one. Your mileage may vary, of course.

EDIT May 27 2013: To restore Japanese<->English dictionary, you will need to jailbreak the device and delete the Japanese<->Japanese dictionary. These dictionaries conflict, and the Japanese<->Japanese dictionary wins almost every time.

I have also asked if it is possible to only temporarily jailbreak an iOS 6.1.2 iPhone 4 for purposes of removing the mentioned dictionary. As of the time of this edit, this has not been answered; I am nonetheless linking to that question in case someone answers it by the time someone reads this.

  • As far as I can determine, the translation dictionary for Japanese was dropped in iOS 6, or is no longer accessible. There have been various complaints in the ASC. Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 23:54
  • @TomGewecke Someone posted on ASC that Apple Support told them it's a bug. Hopefully that's it -- it's just a bug. Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 13:02
  • Yes, hopefully that means they will fix it. But Apple Support is often clueless when it comes of language issues... Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 19:17
  • The translation dictionary has been restored in iOS 7, but many users complain that it has to be repeatedly downloaded and will not stay permanently active on the device. Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 13:20

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