Clips 3.0 makes it easier than ever for anyone to pick up an iPhone or iPad and start creating fun, multiclip videos.
Apple’s video creation app for iPhone and iPad features a refreshed interface, support for vertical and horizontal video, and HDR recording with iPhone 12
Clips, Apple’s video creation app for iOS, receives its biggest update yet with highly requested features that make it easier than ever for anyone to pick up an iPhone or iPad and start creating fun, multiclip videos — no editing experience needed. Clips 3.0, available today in the App Store, features a streamlined interface and full-screen browsers on iPhone that make it even simpler to record and add effects. On iPad, Clips supports landscape orientation, Scribble with Apple Pencil, and the use of a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad. The new version also lets users make videos in multiple aspect ratios, including horizontal and vertical, ideal for creating eye-catching content for Instagram Stories, Snapchat, YouTube, and more. And Clips 3.0 is optimized to record and share content in HDR using the rear-facing cameras on all iPhone 12 models, resulting in videos with more vibrant colors and contrast.
“Since its introduction, Clips has become one of the most popular iOS video creation apps, and millions of projects are made every day with it. Users love how easy it is to create fun, expressive videos for sharing with friends, family, and classmates with just a few taps on their iPhone or iPad screens,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “Today’s update, with a streamlined interface, support for vertical and horizontal video, HDR video capture using the new iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, and fun new effects, will help users create Clips videos with more personality and polish than ever before.”
The app now features a fresh, streamlined user interface across iPhone and iPad for faster access to fun effects.
Fresh, Streamlined Interface
Setting the stage for even more creativity, Clips adds a fresh feel with a redesigned record screen that floats on top of the viewer when shooting vertically or horizontally. Users can view more content at once with redesigned Effects, Media, and Projects browsers. And swiping up on any Effects browser displays a full-height card that fills the screen with stickers or text labels that let users personalize their videos. In addition, Clips adds a collection of new content including eight new stickers that are perfect for social posts, six additional arrows and shapes, and 25 new soundtracks that automatically adjust to match the length of videos.
Clips includes new stickers for social and 25 new soundtracks that automatically adjust to match the length of videos.
Amped-up iPad Experience
With a redesigned iPad interface featuring large Effects browsers and an easy-to-reach record button, Clips on iPad makes it even simpler for young creators, students, and teachers to make great videos. Users can take full advantage of the iPad display by recording and editing in landscape orientation — an experience that is further optimized when paired with Magic Keyboard or Smart Keyboard, and a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad. Clips automatically opens to a new 4:3 landscape project, the optimal size for full-screen videos on iPad. And Clips now supports the new Scribble feature in iPadOS 14, converting handwritten text with Apple Pencil into typed text in labels and posters.
The Clips experience on iPad is better than ever when used in landscape orientation and with Magic Keyboard or Smart Keyboard.
Record and Create in Multiple Aspect Ratios
With support for vertical and horizontal videos, Clips is a great tool for creating stories for Instagram and Snapchat, as well as landscape video masterpieces for YouTube. Clips on iPhone automatically opens to a new 16:9 vertical project, making it quick to record video for social platforms. Plus all filters, posters, Live Titles, and Selfie Scenes have been updated to record in all-new sizes for the perfect finishing touch on a new post. The updated share sheet also shows a video preview before sending, and videos can be shared in any supported size using new export options.
Clips expands options for social media sharing with support for vertical and horizontal aspect ratios.
Record in HDR Using iPhone 12
For videos that stand out with amazing color and contrast, Clips supports HDR video capture using the rear-facing cameras on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Clips users can record HDR footage directly into their project and add more HDR photos and videos from their Photos library. Clips will even share the final video automatically as a Dolby Vision HDR file.
With Clips for iPhone and iPad, users can create personal video messages, slideshows, school projects, and mini-movies with amazing features like Live Titles, which automatically generates animated captions from a user’s voice, and 360-degree immersive Selfie Scenes with the TrueDepth camera on iPhone. Clips lets users add personality to their videos with dozens of filters, animated stickers, and full-screen animated posters. The app includes more than 100 soundtracks that automatically adjust to match the length of videos.
Clips 3.0 is available today as a free update on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 or later. Recording HDR video requires iPhone 12 models, and editing and sharing HDR video requires iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or later, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad (7th generation) or later, iPad Air 3 or later, and 10.5-inch iPad Pro or later. Selfie Scenes and Memoji require iPhone or iPad models with TrueDepth camera.
After nearly two years of no major movement in its smart speaker product line, which itself came years late to the market, Apple has finally announced a half-successor to the HomePod. The HomePod mini isn’t due to ship until next month but isn’t stopping Apple from pushing out a new version of its HomePod software that prepares for its arrival. Software version 14.1, however, which lines up with iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1, isn’t just about the mini speaker but also introduces features that make all HomePods, and Siri, smarter.
With a $99 price tag, the HomePod mini aims squarely at the Amazon Echo Dot and Google Nest Mini markets, leaving people fewer excuses not to sink their teeth into Apple’s smart home ecosystem. Of course, this small smart speaker makes more sense if you’re already hooked into Apple’s world anyway or if you find its features just as or even more helpful than the competition.
The HomePod’s features haven’t exactly been at the top of the list when it comes to smart speakers but that list has been consistently growing while, some will argue, respect users’ privacy the way only Apple knows how. With Software version 14.1, for example, HomePod owners and future HomePod mini owners will be able to use a set of speakers as an intercom system throughout the house. You’ll also be able to finally select your preferred music to wake up to in the alarm settings.
Siri is also getting an update in this iteration, like being able to stop alarms and timers across all HomePods in the same network. Web searches can now be started on a HomePad then sent to an iPhone to make a more seamless and convenient transition.
As with previous HomePod software updates, the firmware is automatically installed on the speaker without requiring user intervention. It can also be triggered manually from the iOS app, of course, if you’re are that excited for a smarter and more useful smart speaker.
Alongside iOS and iPadOS 14.1, Apple today released new 14.1 software for the HomePod, which includes a number of new updates such as support for the Intercom feature that allows you to speak to anyone in the home on iPhone, iPad, HomePod, and more.
The update also introduces support for the HomePod mini that’s launching in November and it adds new Siri features. Siri is able to stop alarms, timers, and media across HomePod speakers, and web search requests from HomePod can be sent from HomePod to the iPhone.
There’s also an option to add music to alarms to wake up to a favorite song or playlist from Apple Music, and there are multiple reliability improvements.
Software version 14.1 includes support for HomePod mini and new Siri and Intercom features. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.
– Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod mini
– Siri suggestions appear in Maps when you ask HomePod for information about a location
– Web search requests to HomePod can be sent from HomePod to your iPhone
– Siri can now stop alarms, timers, and media across HomePod speakers
– Voice recognition support for Podcasts for multiple users in the home
– Ask HomePod to make announcements to other HomePod speakers throughout your home
– Intercom to all HomePod speakers
– Intercom to a HomePod in a specific room or zone
Other improvements and fixes
– Add music to your alarms and wake up to your personal song, playlist, or radio station from Apple Music
– Fixes an issue where stereo pairs can sometimes play out of sync
– Improves reliability when using Siri to control multiple speakers
– Optimizes Siri performance
HomePod software is installed automatically on the HomePod
Your HomePod can do more than kick out the jams. More than you may realize.
HomePod is primarily a music playback machine. And it’s got Siri, which means it can do obvious things like set timers, take notes, and tell you what the weather is going to be tomorrow. But it can do more. It’s no Echo or Google Home in its flexibility, but HomePod has a few neat tricks up its… um…power cord. Here are some of the things you might not know HomePod can do.
Precisely control the volume
You know you can say “turn the volume up” or “volume down,” but you can be exact if you want to. Try saying “turn the volume to 65 percent.”
The same principle applies to music tracks. “Skip forward” and “next track” are obvious commands, but to can also say, “Skip forward 42 seconds” to get past the boring intro or zoom straight to the chorus.
Remember a tune you forgot
Don’t remember One Foot in the Grave is the name of Beck’s first album? No problem, you can simply say, “Play Beck’s first album” to hear it. Or if you want to hear a song that escapes you, try being generic. For example, “Play that Run DMC song with Aerosmith” will cue up “Walk This Way.”
Listen by Activity, Mood, or Genre
Apple Music maintains curated playlists organized by activities and moods. It’s a great way to discover new music and queue up tracks that fit what you’re doing in your home. Try saying, “Play some cardio music” or “Play chill music.”
Okay, so maybe you knew you could do that. But did you know you could use these in combination? Try “Play lively indie music,” for example. Here’s a list of activities and moods to get you started:
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There are lots of subgenres of music, too, such as k-pop, Chicago blues, smooth jazz, and zydeco.
Turn Explicit Content on or off
HomePod’s settings can be found in the Home app.
Have kids in the house? Maybe you don’t want them to be able to play songs with a bunch of dirty words in them. You can turn explicit content on or off in the Home app. Here’s how:
Open the Home app
Select your HomePod in the Favorite Accessories list
Long press or 3D touch on it
Scroll down to Music & Podcasts
Toggle Allow Explicit Content
Rescue your music recommendations
If you don’t want HomePod to affect your suggested music, just turn off the listening history.
It’s rather annoying that HomePod doesn’t recognize different voices. Even if you turned off Personal Requests, your family members can still inadvertently mess up your music recommendations with a flood of kids music or tween bands. Fortunately, you can turn off music recommendations on your HomePod, so the songs played there won’t affect the “For You” recommendations on your Apple Music account. It’s not an ideal solution, but it may be the best option you have until Apple adds voice identifications to HomePod.
Open the Home app
Select your HomePod in the Favorite Accessories list
Long press or 3D touch on it
Scroll down to Music & Podcasts
Toggle Use Listening History
Use HomePod as a speakerphone
You can’t use Siri to start a phone call with HomePod. That’s a bummer. But you can use HomePod as a very sophisticated speakerphone. It’s not the most elegant solution, but when you’re in a call or about to accept one, simply tap the “audio” button and choose HomePod as the source. It’s the same as you would do to use a Bluetooth headset.
Change Siri’s voice
You can change the accent and gender of Siri on HomePod.
Siri’s voice is female by default, but you can change the accent and the gender inside the Home app. Just head over to the Siri Voice tab and you can select a new accent (American, Australian, British) or change the gender from female to male.
Find a good place to eat
Siri on HomePod is missing a lot of what makes Alexa and Google Assistant so good on those other home speakers. But it’s surprisingly helpful in one area: restaurant reviews. Just ask Siri to “Find a good pizza place near me,” or “What’s the best sushi restaurant in San Francisco,” and it will oblige, even telling you far away it is from your home and how many starts it gets in Yelp.
Add a song to a playlist
While you can’t create new playlists on HomePod, you can add songs to ones that already exist. Just ask Siri to “Add this song to my Running playlist,” and it will appear on all of your devices. However, if you want to delete a song you’ll need to head to Apple Music on your device to do it.
Check on the timer
One of the few tasks Siri does well on HomePod (aside from playing music) is setting timers. But after you set it, you don’t have to wait until it goes off. Just ask, “Hey Siri, how much time is left on my timer,” and it will tell you.
Turn on VoiceOver and Touch Accommodations
HomePod has a robust set of accessibility settings.
Just like iOS, HomePod has built-in features that will read the touchpad controls aloud for people with impaired vision or tweak the sensitivity. To turn it on, head over to the Home app and select the Accessibility tab. Inside you’ll two options for Voice Over and Touch Accommodations. There are a few settings inside each, including speaking rate, hold duration, and tap assistance.
Limit the volume
You can limit the volume of tracks by turning on Sound Check in the HomePod settings.
Just like iTunes and Apple Music, HomePod includes a feature that will normalize the volume across songs to avoid inconsistent levels when listening to a playlist. Just go to the HomePod settings in the Home app and turn the Sound Check toggle green.
Pick up where you left off
Whenever you stop playing a song on HomePod it’s not actually off, it’s just paused. So when you want to start playing music again, just say, “Hey Siri, play,” and it will begin playing from the point where you stopped it last time.
Find out what’s playing on the radio
When you ask Siri the name of the song that’s playing, it will tell you, as well as the artists, album, release date, and lots of other information about it. However, when you ask it to identify a song that’s playing on another source, it’ll tell you that it’s only able to ID songs that it’s playing. That’s not entirely true. Instead of asking, “Hey Siri, what song is this,” say, “Hey Siri, Shazam this,” and it will listen to whatever’s playing and tell you the name of the tune.
Add a tone to Siri
Flip the Sound when using Siri toggle green and you’ll hear a tone to let you know Siri is listening.
Siri on HomePod is remarkable good at hearing commands, but if you want to know that Siri has responded, you can add an audible tone just like on your iPhone. Inside the Home app there’s a toggle for “Sound when using Siri,” which will play a bass note when it starts listening.