With the news Apple has its own built in plant identification app, and budding botanists can use the Visual Lookup function launched with iOS 15.

Thanks to science, we know that gardening is good for us. There’s a certain kind of magic associated with quite literally reaping what you sow, and knowing that your direct actions help plants come to life. 

While other surprising health benefits associated with gardening include cardiovascular health, improving self esteem, reducing stress and anxiety, providing a bonding family activity, boosting Vitamin D levels and access to healthy food, it should come as no surprise that the number of people who identify as hobby gardeners are on the rise. 

Although smartphone users have a wide range of plant identification apps to choose from, they’re not generally deemed to be the most reliable. Now, that’s all changed thanks to Apple’s new Visual Lookup feature available with iOS 15. 

How To Use The Visual Lookup Tool For Plants 

Since its initial release all the way back in 2007, the iPhone’s features have certainly come a long way. Significant improvements have been made to keep up with the expectations of long-time Apple fans, such as larger screen sizes, waterproofing, the ability to install third party apps, and many more accessibility features. 

As a result, iOS – otherwise known as the iPhone Operating System – receives regular updates to ensure that Apple remains at the forefront of innovation, and its worldwide team of loyal users receive software refreshes, updates and new features even without purchasing a new device. 

Released in September 2021, iOS 15 has one particularly noteworthy feature that gardening enthusiasts are sure to celebrate: Visual Lookup. Although not limited to plants alone, users can now simply take an image of a flower or shrub that they like, and use this revolutionary plant identification app to identify it for research purposes, or even a future purchase. 

Much like many other iPhone features such as Siri, Apple clearly isn’t afraid to embrace artificial intelligence to streamline some of the basic functions of our day to day lives. Instead of spending hours researching, Visual Lookup has the power to immediately identify all kinds of things, but sourcing plants has so far proved to be one of its most popular topics. 

To use Visual Lookup to identify plants, dog breeds, landmarks and more, install the latest version of iOS 15 to get started. Once your Apple device is up to date, all you need to do to make the most of this nifty function is the following – 

  1. Select any photo in your gallery. In apps such as Notes, Mail or Messages, touch and hold an image to select it.
  2. Tap the Info button. If using Safari, tap Look Up in the options menu.
  3. Tap the icon that appears in the photo, or below the photo. As an example, users might see a paw print icon for pets and animals, or a leaf icon for plants and flowers.
  4. Tap to learn more after Visual Look Up provides results from Siri Knowledge and the web. If the Info button doesn’t have a star, Visual Look Up isn’t available yet for that photo.

Visual Lookup requires a device with an A12 Bionic chip or newer, which means that this feature is exclusive to the iPhone XR and XS or later, the iPad 8th generation or later, the iPad Air 3rd generation or later, the iPad mini 5th generation or later and the 2018 iPad Pro or later.

To keep your current smartphone in tip top shape and ready for more exciting features like Visual Lookup, it’s important to ensure that your device is up to date. However, if your device isn’t performing at its best, it might be worth having a chat with the professionals. 

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Apple Unveils Its Own Plant Identification App