Apple's video app just got a new update with augmented reality and a bunch of 'Star Wars' stuff

Apple clips 2.0 star warsSteve Kovach/Business InsiderLook! I’m on the Millennium Falcon.
  • Apple’s video app Clips updates to version 2.0 Thursday.
  • It includes new augmented reality features using the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera.
  • “Star Wars” nerds will love it.

Apple’s social video app Clips is getting a new update Thursday to take advantage of augmented reality and the new capabilities of the iPhone X.

If you’re not familiar with Clips, think of it as Apple’s take on Snapchat or Instagram stories. You can shoot short video clips and stitch them together into a longer story, adding effects like stickers and layover text. Videos can then be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, iMessage, or anywhere else.

The Clips 2.0 update adds a bunch of new effects, including a pack of “Star Wars” stickers and animations. If you have an iPhone X, you can use the phone’s new TrueDepth camera to enable augmented-reality scenes that put you in a variety of different settings from a cityscape to the Millennium Falcon. 

Clips launched earlier this year, but hasn’t really gained traction. It doesn’t even register in the App Store’s top rankings, and it seems to have been drowned out by more popular social video apps like Snapchat and Instagram. But if you’re a “Star Wars” geek like me, you’ll probably dig those new effects:

You can download Clips 2.0 in the App Store Thursday. The update should appear soon if you already have the first version of the app.


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