Apple’s Clips app adds new ‘immersive’ AR Spaces

Apple has had its Clips app around for quite some time now, but today brings the app to version 3.1 and a big new addition.

Apple has announced today that version 3.1 of Clips is now available, and, with it, the app adds an “immersive” new AR Spaces feature. To utilize the new feature, though, you’ll need to have an iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, or a newer-model iPad Pro thanks to the fact those devices have the LiDAR Scanner on the back. Apple says the feature is possible thanks to a “unique combination of hardware and software”.

What’s more, Apple says Clips is now going to start seeing monthly content releases, which will add new stickers, filters, and much more on a regular basis.

From today’s announcement:

First introduced on iPad Pro last year, the state-of-the-art LiDAR Scanner on select iPhone and iPad models1 enables cutting-edge depth-sensing capabilities, never before possible on a mobile device. This breakthrough technology measures light distance and uses pixel depth information of a scene to deliver faster and more realistic augmented reality (AR) experiences. Combined with the tight integration of Apple’s hardware and software, Clips 3.1 now enables users to record amazing videos with magical effects that map to the shape of a room and the objects within it.

The new AR Spaces feature gives the user a live preview of any scanned room. In that preview, users will be able to see falling objects, dynamic lighting, and other elements that offer an immersive experience. These effects will be present on the floor, the walls, furniture, and other objects.

There are seven AR Spaces at launch:

  • Prism: Ribbons of rainbow light scan the walls, floors, and objects in a room.
  • Confetti: Celebratory bursts of confetti fall and accumulate on flat surfaces.
  • Disco: Shining lights reflect off the disco ball that hangs from the ceiling of the space.
  • Dance Floor: Colorful tiles of light dance in patterns across the floor.
  • Sparkles: Golden sparkle emoji and white glitter fill the space.
  • Stardust: Magical trails of starlight encircle and follow a person in the video.
  • Hearts: Floating heart balloons bubble up within the space.

About those monthly updates

As mentioned above, Apple also confirmed that Clips will be bringing monthly updates from here on out, all of which will focus primarily on bringing new creative content to the app.

Clips now offers even more creative content options with monthly updates. Users can expect regular updates to the Clips library of filters, Live Titles, text, stickers, and posters related to seasonal events and cultural trends. And, in Clips 3.1, opt-in notifications are now available to keep users up to date when new content is available.

Clips is available for free from the App Store.