Visual lookup: iPhone recognizes and explains symbols starting with iOS 17

If you take a photo on the Apple iPhone, you can use certain content - e.g. B. animals, plants, works of art and landmarks - learn more by using the "Visual Lookup" function. To do this, either swipe up in the full-screen view of the image or tap on the circled "i" that has two asterisks in the top left. The same point out that not only information on the resolution, camera and Co. is available, but also that image recognition is effective. Away iOS 17 this also works with the care instructions on clothing, the warning lights in the car and other symbols and pictograms.

The visual lookup in the Photos app on the iPhone will be expanded by a few functions from iOS 17. In addition to finding recipes, there is a recognition and explanation of symbols - for example in the car or on clothing.
The visual lookup in the Photos app on the iPhone will be expanded by a few functions from iOS 17. In addition to finding recipes, there is a recognition and explanation of symbols - for example in the car or on clothing.

Starting with iOS 17, the iPhone tells you how to care for your laundry

On the small labels sewn onto clothing, towels, curtains and other textiles there are often symbols that have to do with the washing process, drying or other care. According to recent reports from the iOS 17 beta test, these are detected via “visual lookup”. If you swipe the image up or tap the icon of the encyclopedia feature, you get explanations for the individual icons and the option to call up websites with more information about them. MacRumors are currently showing this in one go Article or even people on Mastodon. 

Car warning lights: Visual lookup reveals what's going on from iOS 17

Personally, I haven't driven a car in years and I'm not interested in cars either. However, many people are dependent on private transport, which makes it important to recognize warning symbols and to act correctly when they appear. From iOS 17, which will be available from autumn 2023 compatible iPhones can be loaded, the various symbols and lights of the car dashboard can also be photographed and identified with the Apple smartphone for visual reference. I wouldn't be surprised if this was linked to finding a workshop in the near future. You can see it all in action in one go Post by 9to5Mac.

More innovations for Visual Lookup

I am sure that there are numerous other symbols and pictograms from different areas that can be recognized by the Photos app on iOS 17. Aside from symbols, there are other innovations for recognizing image content and looking it up on informative websites. It should be possible to find the corresponding recipes for certain dishes on pictures. Released Objects should also be able to be looked up directly. From iOS 17, videos can also be stopped at any point and information about the content of the frame shown can be obtained. There is more about iOS 17 with this link.

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