Is OCR "Built-In" to Scanners These Days?

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Have been helping a friend with an HP all in one. I noticed an OCR option on his 8.1 machine, tried it and was able to edit the scanned document. I was trying to fix a scanning issue on his Macbook and I noticed that if I scanned a document and saved it as an RTF it was editable in Mac TextEdit or in Pages (the MSWord of Mac.) At one time it seemed that you had to have specific OCR scanning ability (I've seen hand-held scanners) but does my RTF example show that OCR is "built-in," that scanned texts are all essentially editable now even in PDF if you save as "Searchable PDF"?

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