Game-changing iOS 17 feature could revolutionise how you do your laundry

  • Last week, the seventeenth update of Apple’s iOS operating system was released
  • Fans are excited about one feature that will make everyday tasks a lot easier

The seventeenth update to Apple’s iOS operating system, iOS 17, went into effect last week – something fans have been eagerly awaiting.

The software update includes several exciting new features, including a Live Voicemail tool and the ability to share your contact information by simply touching your iPhone to another.

However, there is one feature that people are raving about because it can make small everyday tasks a lot easier and less time-consuming.

The ‘Visual Look Up’ tool can decipher laundry symbols impressively, eliminating the confusion they cause for many people.

iOS 17’s new ‘Visual Look Up’ tool can help decipher your laundry symbols, eliminating the confusion they cause for many people

According to Apple’s website, the “Visual Look Up” tool also allows users to “identify and get to know popular landmarks, plants, pets and more that appear in their photos and videos in the Photos app.”

Which phones are compatible with iOS 17?

iOS 17 IS compatible with the iPhone XS and newer models.

This means you can download it if you have one of the following iPhones:

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhoneXR iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

It can even identify food in a photo and suggest related recipes.

To use the washing function, simply take a photo of the label on your item, with the symbols clearly visible.

Then go to the photo app, click on the photo and swipe up or tap the info symbol at the bottom.

There is then an option to press ‘Look up laundry care’ below the text field.

Pressing it takes you to a list of websites found by Siri that explains what each symbol means.

Another game changer is that you can also look up what car symbols and buttons mean, which will be very useful for new drivers.

Apple fans have taken to X (formerly known as Twitter) to express their excitement about the revolutionary feature.

One person wrote: ‘This new iOS 17 feature is slick. Scan your washing label and discover its meaning. Today it saved me time to understand different laundry symbols.”

Others said ‘Finally something useful’ and ‘How cool!’.

To download iOS 17, go to your Settings app, then General > Software Update.

There are many more cool and useful features included in the update, so you won’t want to miss them.

‘Check In’ allows users to automatically notify family members when they arrive safely at their destination, while ‘Live Voicemail’ mimics an old-fashioned voicemail machine, allowing people to answer a call mid-message if they think it’s worth it to answer.

‘Name Drop’ gives people the ability to share their contact details simply by holding your iPhone close to another.