you can identify plants and flowers using just your iPhone camera

Sometimes, even as a tech reporter, you can be caught out by how quickly technology improves.

it was only today that I learned that my iPhone has been offering a Feature I’ve long desired — the ability to identify plants and flowers from just a photo.

It’s true that various third-party apps have offered this function for years, but last time I tried them I was disappointed by their speed and accuracy.

there’s Google Lens and Snapchat Scan, but it’s always less convenient to open up an app I wouldn’t otherwise use.


Apple has offered its own version of this visual search Feature. It’s called Visual Look Up, and it’s pretty damn good

January 31, 2020

It works very simply.

Just open up a photo or screenshot in the Photos app and look for the blue “i” icon underneath.