Apple has updated Clips, its free iOS app for taking and sharing Snapchat-like selfies, and the new version lets you put yourself in different 360-degree scenes — including two from Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The Clips app’s new Selfie Scenes feature uses the TrueDepth camera system on iPhone X to strip out background elements and place users into animated, 360-degree virtual scenes with environmental sound effects. Users can choose from among 10 Apple-designed scenes, plus scenes from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” featuring the Millennium Falcon and Mega-Destroyer.
Another new feature in Clips 2.0 is a “style-transfer” option that turns photos or videos into artistic renderings, to make them look like an oil painting, a watercolor or pencil sketch — in real time. That’s available only available on iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and the 2017 iPad Pro.
Clips 2.0 also adds more content from Disney, including full-screen posters featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, as well as Star Wars stickers featuring animated versions of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and other characters. Also, the app includes 16 new Apple-designed stickers and 21 new royalty-free soundtracks from indie artists, with now more than 60 soundtracks (which automatically adjust to match the length of videos).
Apple has redesigned the Clips interface, angling to give it a more streamlined feel, with frequently used controls more easily accessible. A new Effects browser lets users view and choose filters, labels, stickers and emoji, and a full-screen browser lets users see more of their content when viewing their photo library or selecting animated posters. In addition, Clips users can now access and edit their videos across both iPhone and iPad devices, via Apple’s iCloud service.
Apple introduced the first version of Clips in March. Clips 2.0 is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini 2 (and later models) running iOS 11.1 and later. Selfie Scenes are only available on iPhone X and style-transfer effects are only available on iPhone 7 and later models, as well as the 2017 iPad Pro.