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Old 06-15-2020, 03:53 PM   #4
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iOS is a very limited OS. That's good for a lot of things but very bad for interfacing with third party apps.

On android any app can scan installed packages on a device without any user permission, and choose which of them are dictionary apps, grab their icons and make a nice presentation to users.

On iOS that is not possible. You can still do IPC but the best you can do is provide a list of supported apps (all dictionary apps with a custom URL scheme that allow queries from other apps) and redirect to their page on the App Store.

You need to educate your users saying "install this app and then check it as your preferred dictionary", which clashes with apple mobile slogan "It just works". So many ereader apps just use the dictionary which is part of the OS or implement their own dictionary support within the app.
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