iPhone iOS 15 Features: Plant Lookup, Private Browsing & Face Recognition with Glasses

There’s a little-known feature on most iPhones that means you can identify plants in a second — and how did we not know this?

At Apple’s latest WWDC 2022 conference, they announced a host of new software features that will be included in their next software update later this year, iOS 16. This will provide users with exciting new features such as a highly customizable lock screen with new widgets. , the ability to edit an iMessage after you’ve sent it, or even undo a sent text message altogether.

Until these features are generally available to the public (probably by the end of the year), here are my favorite hidden iPhone software features that you probably don’t know about and are available now, on iOS 15.

Installation ID

OK, the name ‘Plant ID’ was made up – this feature is actually called ‘Visual Look Up’. Basically, I recently discovered that you can identify plants through the camera on an iPhone. All you need to do is take a picture of a plant or have a picture of a plant in your photo album and about 95 percent of the time the iPhone will be able to figure out what it is.

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So once you look at the image of the plant in your camera roll, you’ll find the icons at the bottom of the screen. If you don’t see any icons, tap the screen. Then look for an icon with an ‘i’ in a circle and what looks like stars or glitter. If there are no stars or glitter, your iPhone will not be able to recognize the plant in the image – sometimes it could just be due to a blurry or dark image.

However, if you get the stars it means your iPhone has been able to identify the image and if you tap on that ‘i’ icon then the words ‘Look Up – Plant’ it should show you what kind of plant is there. in your image and even some information about it. So cool!

This feature also works with things like animals and artwork, but with the caveat that it’s only available in some regions and only on the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, or later with iOS 15.

Face ID with mask or glasses

Now on iPhone 12 (or newer) and on iOS 15.4 or newer, you can use Face ID while wearing a mask. All you need to do is go to the settings, tap on Face ID & Passcode and then scroll down to use Face ID with mask. Then all you need to do is follow the on-screen instructions to set it up (which simply scans your face). After this you also have the option to ‘add glasses’. This is so insanely useful for people who wear glasses off and on or people who have to wear masks for work or who wear them while on the go. Or maybe you’re just skiing.

Find on page

If you’re doing some research and need to quickly find a particular topic while browsing the web, did you know Safari lets you search for specific words on webpages? While browsing the web in the Safari app, click the share button at the bottom of the screen. This looks like a box with an up arrow on it. Then scroll down to find the words ‘Search by page’. Tap this and then you can search for a word you want to find. This will then highlight the word wherever it appears on the page and you can use the arrows to toggle between where they are found on the page.

Private tabs

If you want to look up something embarrassing or maybe something personal, did you know there is a private browsing feature on your iPhone? It’s available in Safari, and if you use Private Browsing mode, Safari will remember the pages you’ve visited (ie it won’t save browsing history) or the auto-complete information you’ve used after you close the tab in Private Browsing mode.

It can be accessed by opening Safari, finding the double square icon in the lower right corner of the screen, and holding it (long press). Then you can select the private browsing mode. To exit private browsing mode, tap the same double squares icon and click the word Private at the bottom of the screen and go back to your other tabs. Have fun browsing.

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