Lifehacker: If you’ve ever wondered what type of plant you have on your desk, or what breed of dog is currently jumping on you at the park, you don’t need to guess. This isn’t the ‘90s. In 2022, we have the technology to point our iPhones at mysterious things and figure out what they are in seconds—you just need to know how to use it.
This feature isn’t something you’ve been living in ignorance of for years. Apple only added it to its suite of products last year, with the release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Mojave. There are other hidden features most of us don’t know about—such as the ability to turn off family members’ iPhone alarms with your own iPhone—that have lived quietly in the iOS ecosystem for years, but Visual Look Up just isn’t one of them.