In iOS 15, Apple made further advancements in on-device machine learning and integrated them into the Photos app to make your iPhone more intelligent at recognizing the contents of pictures.

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In other words, the ‌Photos‌ app can now identify various objects, landmarks, animals, books, plants, works of art, and more in your image library, and then offer information about them that it draws from the web.

This new intelligent feature is called Visual Lookup, and the following steps show you how you can use it to get more clued up on the things you've taken pictures of with your ‌iPhone‌ through the years.

  1. Open the Photos app on your ‌iPhone‌ and select a picture with a clearly defined subject, such as a flower or animal.
  2. Check the info ("i") icon at the bottom of the screen. If it has a little star over it, tap it – this indicates there's a Visual Lookup you can examine.
  3. Tap the little icon in the center of the photo to bring up the Lookup search results.

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In Visual Lookup, search results consist of Siri Knowledge, similar images found on the web, and other online sources of information. For all the details on the other new ‌Photos‌ features in ‌iOS 15‌, be sure to check our dedicated roundup.

Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15
Related Forum: iOS 15

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The Barron Avatar
3 weeks ago

Must be only in IOS 15 - just tried this is 14.6 and can not find any "i" button.
The article does say iOS 15.
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HQuest Avatar
3 weeks ago
Still needs work ?



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Mac Rules Avatar
3 weeks ago
Only available when region set to US
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andysw9 Avatar
3 weeks ago

Are y'all sure? Is there something called "tags" that are different than keywords? The only keywords I see in my photo library are ones that I added manually. I'm looking in Photos on my Mac. iOS 14 Photos doesn't appear to expose keywords. iOS 15 Photos seems like it will expose more of the EXIF data to the user.

Where do I go to see the tags that it adds automatically?

I know Photos has scanned for faces for years now and photos that are geotagged are searchable by location. But I don't think that's what we're talking about.
Best thing to do is likely just try using the search and see how it works. Not sure how else to convince you that the functionality is there. Photos have been searchable with keywords for some time now. The only thing I have done with any of my photos is shoot them on the phone, but they have been automatically categorised and it's mostly pretty accurate.


It doesn't add tags/keywords, it builds it's own internal 'categories' lists to which it adds all appropriate photos, and these are exposed to the user through the search function - so if in Photos you search for 'car' it will return any photos it has put in its 'cars' category, as well as anything you've tagged with 'car'. There's always a few it gets wrong, but it's sometimes very impressive (e.g. I thought it had falsely identified a photo as including a cat, but there was a very small reflection of our family cat in a window). It will also file a photo under multiple categories if appropriate so you can search 'car tree' to just get photos that include both.

The only slight downside is you can't correct it - if it doesn't recognise there's a car in your photo, you can add a keyword, but if it thinks there's a car in your photo but there isn't, you can't tell it so.

Photos has actually supported this general search function for several years now, though the number of categories it recognises has continued to grow.
Exactly this.




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ctg7w6 Avatar
3 weeks ago

I am going to say no. You can not point your camera at a dog and have it tell you what breed it is.

Even if you could do that anyone who cares is going to argue with the results.
Funny enough LAST NIGHT I tested googles version of this and it got my dog right. I was amazed.
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PsykX Avatar
3 weeks ago
Yes it's iOS 15 only.

But it doesn't seem to be enabled here yet.
Quebec, Canada.
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