Have you ever wanted to identify a plant, flower, or pet breed, or find out what that famous painting is called? Me too. In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple added a new AI-driven feature called Visual Look Up that provides more information about photos of plants, flowers, pets, books, artworks, and landmarks. When you’re viewing a photo in the Photos app, swipe up or tap the sparkle-badged info button ➊ to see metadata about the image (camera model, image details, location, and more) and then tap Look Up to learn more ➋. Depending on the item recognized, it will suggest Wikipedia articles, similar images from the Web, websites, bookstores, map locations, and more. Tap a suggestion to switch to Safari or another app for details. (If the info button doesn’t have the sparkle badge, Visual Look Up hasn’t identified anything in the photo.)
As a plant identifier goes, it’s not the best out there, but it does work surprisingly well and you already have it on your iPhone if you have iOS 15. If you really want a fantastic plant identifier I recommend either Plantin (my recommendation for houseplants) or Seek (my recommendation for hiking and outdoors).
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