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Picture-in-picture, video editing in your pocket, and another great email app [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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Awesome Apps of the Week
YouTube finally gets a much requested feature, Clips can make you a short-form video star, and another email app is a contender.
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Maybe it’s the impending iOS, iPadOS and macOS updates, but in checking out the App Store this past week, everything seemed to be “bug fixes and stability improvements.” Those are great things to have, but they aren’t as cool or exciting as fresh features or hot new apps!

Fortunately, a long-awaited feature is finally coming to the YouTube masses. Plus, I found another email app worth checking out. And, if you’re hoping to become an influencer, we’ve got an app to help you level up your videos in this week’s Awesome Apps of the Week.

Apple Clips adds new, easy-to-use AR video effects

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Apple Clips adds AR Spaces for augmented reality video recording
Don’t just record your friends’ dance routine. Add augmented reality effects to make it amazing.
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Apple Clips 3.1, a new version of the free video-creation app, adds fun augmented reality effects that map themselves to a room and the people in it. The goal is unique videos that people can then share on social media.

And Apple promised to start making monthly content releases with new filters, stickers and more.

Apple’s Clips app gets a massive upgrade aimed at influencers

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Apple Clips offers a simple way to combine video and images.
Clips 3.0 makes Apple’s free video creation app for iPhone and iPad easier to use.
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Apple Clips 3.0, released on Wednesday, includes an improved user interface to make it easier to record video and then add effects to it. There are enhancements for both iPhone and iPad users.

This free software helps users combine video clips, photos and music into fun videos. It’s aimed at producing eye-catching content for TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and more.

Become a wiz at Apple’s Clips multimedia app in online Today at Apple session

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Apple Clips is the focus of Today at Apple.
Anyone unfamiliar with Apple Clips can watch a quick tutorial to start having fun with it.
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An online Today at Apple at Home session released Thursday introduces using Apple Clips. This free software lets iPhone and iPad users combine video clips, photos and music into fun videos.

And because this is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the session is taught in American Sign Language by Gus from Apple Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. Subtitles and audio narration are also included.

The iOS apps that dominated our screens in 2017

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This was a great year for the App Store.
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Cult of Mac's 2017 Year in Review: Best iOS apps of 2017 2017 was a great year for Apple as a whole, and the App Store was no different.

From messaging apps to music-generating tools to a smart AI assistant, Apple and various third-party developers unleashed an impressive array of new software designed to get us tapping, swiping and — most importantly — downloading.

Layton’s Mystery Journey, Clips, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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A brilliant, sumptuously animated point-and-click mystery game is just one of the great App Store picks we’ve highlighted for this week’s “Awesome Apps” roundup.

We’ve also selected two major updates to big messaging apps, and a new “must have” app for Nintendo Switch owners. Check out our choices below.