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If you have ever wondered what type of plant you have on your desk, or what breed of dog is jumping on you at the park, you don't need to guess. This isn't the 90s. You just need to know how to use it, because we have the technology to point our phones at mysterious things and figure out what they are in seconds.

This feature is something you have been unaware of for a long time. It was added to Apple's suite of products last year. Most of us don't know that there are other hidden features, such as the ability to turn off family members, and that they have been hidden for years.

How to look up a real world subject with your iPhone

The first thing you need to do is take a picture of the subject you are trying to learn more about. If you already have a photo of the subject, that works as well. If you want to see a star next to the (i) at the bottom of the screen, you need to pull up the image in your Photos app.

Photos can use visual look up if there is a star attached to the image. If there is no star, it can either identify the subject or the image isn't good enough.

If there is a star, tap it. Depending on the subject of the photo, you will see a different icon and titles for Look. I took a photo of my dog, and I can see a paw print icon next to the word "dog" if I tap Look Up. I can finally start telling people what kind of dog I have after it got it exactly right.

In your results, you'll see both the articles and images of your subject. If you are looking at a landmark, you can see its address and contact information.

You can use the feature on your iPad and Mac as well, even if it's not the most convenient use-case. If you already have an image on one of these other devices, the (i) button is there.

Tom's Guide.