Apple’s big event, lidar comes to iPhone, Android gets a new IDE – ClearTips

Apple’s big event, lidar comes to iPhone, Android gets a new IDE – ClearTips

Welcome to Apps this week, the ClearTips series that rearranges the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it.

The app industry is equally hot, with the consumer industry recording a record 204 billion downloads and spending $ 120 billion in 2019. People are now using the app, spending three hours and 40 minutes per day on TV. Apps are not just a way to pass idle hours – they are a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $ 544 billion valuation, 6.5x more than those without mobile focus.

In this series, we introduce you to the latest news in the world of apps distributed on a weekly basis.

Apple introduced four new iPhones (and more)

Apple This week hosted its iPhone event, where it introduced the new iPhone 12 … and the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – effectively plugging all holes in the market. With the release of four new iPhones, app developers will have a range of devices to build – from small to very large – 12 Pro Max, for example, the introduction of the iPhone’s largest screen and the highest resolution at around 3.5 m pixels. .

It also, of course, includes serious camera improvements, from a redesign of the three-lens system to the inclusion of a new darker telephoto camera, now 65mm-equivalent, rather than 52mm, over the previous model. An improved wide-angle lens, larger sensor, sensor-level image stabilization and a new mode are also included. Photographers will appreciate the new Apple PRORAW format. (More on that here).

The iPhone 12 Mini, meanwhile, is to serve a customer base that prefers a smaller phone, like the iPhone SE, but without sacrificing functionality.

All devices share some key features, including 5G connectivity, new MagaSafe connector for wireless charging, and magnetic accessories, Snap Display, and A14 chip. They also have a more classic look, with straight edges that allow for additional antennas, providing next-gen wireless connectivity.

However, a major difference between the Pro model and the regular iPhone 12 is the addition of the LiDAR scanner, which is also found in the latest iPad Pro. The scanner measures how long it takes for light to reach an object and reflect back. The new depth-sensing technology has major implications for AR, as it allows augmented reality objects to interact with objects in the real world. AR apps will be more user-friendly, too, because they won’t need to scan the room first to place an AR object in the real world. It can be placed instantly.

Apple is taking advantage of the sensor for the iPhone 12 Pro camera, which focuses up to 6x faster in low-light conditions. Developers, meanwhile, work in AR-enabled games such as real-world, social media (like Snapchat’s new LIDAR-powered lens), leveraging LIDAR for use in room scans, spatial layout planning (like Jigspace) Can lift , Better AR shopping experience and more.

The company also announced an affordable version of its HomePod smart speaker, the $ 99 HomePod Mini. The item works best for people completely locked inside the Apple universe, as it will stream a handful of music services, but not one of the most popular – Spotify. However, Apple also introduced a nifty feature for the HomePod device, Intercom, which allows you to send announcements to speakers. While Apple and Google have offered a similar feature for their smart speakers, Intercom works on other Apple devices including the iPhone, iPod, AirPods, and even CarPlay. (What, no Mac?)

If Apple isn’t late in capturing the smart speaker market share, the new speakers may see more users adopting smart home devices that they can control through the HomePod Mini.

During the event, Apple also subtly peeped its nose at Epic’s Fortnite with the announcement
League of Legends: Wild Rift is coming to the iPhone 12 to take advantage of its new 5G capabilities and A14 bionic chip.


  • Lidar comes in iPhone 12 Pro. Developers can now build AR experiences that interact with real-world objects, and AR apps can now quickly place AR objects in the real-world without scanning the room. The update will mean a huge increase in usability of AR apps, but for now is limited to the iPhone’s Pro model. Snapchat is already using it.
  • Apple developers can now make their apps available for pre-order even earlier – Up to 180 days before release on the App Store.
  • Android Studio 4.1 Launch. The new, stable version of the IDE offers better TensorFlow Lite support and a new database inspector for building Android apps. The team also fixed 2,370 bugs during this release cycle and closed 275 public issues.
  • Google Introduces Android to Car Library. The library, now in open beta, gives developers the tools to design, develop and test new navigation, parking, or charging apps for Android Auto. The Google Play Store will be enabled to publish beta apps “in the coming months”.
  • Google stopped selling music The company now sells tracks and albums on its Play Store, focusing all its attention on YouTube music. The latter was also launched just this week on the Apple Watch.

The trend

  • Shopping forecast. American consumers were expected to spend 60M hours in Android shopping apps during Prime Day week (which was just wrapped according to a forecast from Annie).
  • Prime Day download increases. Sensor Tower estimates that the global install of the Amazon app has increased 23%, to 684 km per year, near prime day. 33% were up 750K on Wednesday. However, 22% of US installations were below 10 / 13-10 / 14. Apptopia said app sessions, however, were up 27% year-over-year.
  • Shopping, Food & Beverage App The beginning Over 50% year-on-year. According to Sensor Tower, due to the impact of COVID-19, food and drink apps grew by 60%, while shopping apps grew by 52%.
  • Membership. US consumers spend $ 20.78 per month on app subscriptions, Adjusted study says.
  • TikTok sales impact on the advertising industry. 73% of marketers said that a TikTok sale in the US would affect their 2021 advertising plans. 41% also believed that the deal could allow Walmart to overtake Amazon in e-commerce.
  • Amazon Expands AR Experiment in Its Box. The retailer launched a new AR application, which works with QR codes on the company’s shipping boxes to create “interactive, shareable” AR experiences, like pumpkins coming to life.


  • Robinhood said that a “limited number” of its users’ accounts were hacked. The service itself was not hacked, but about 2,000 customers had compromised accounts by cybercriminals who had previously compromised users’ personal emails outside of the trading app.

Other news

  • Zoom brings new event platform app To make video conferencing calls.
  • The Messenger update brings new features, including cross-app communication with Instagram. The app offers chat themes, custom reactions and fun features like selfie stickers and vanish modes. But the big news is the merger (potentially anti-competitive) of Facebook’s chat platform.
  • Life360 TikTok takes advantage of teen complaints “Bubbles”, which allows teens (or someone) to share a generalized space rather than an exact location, to initiate a dialogue and invent a new feature. This facility gives adolescents freedom to move around and make choices without so much paternal oversight. Parents, meanwhile, can still ensure that their teenager is well, as features such as emergency SOS and crash alerts remain functional.
  • must read: MacStories iOS and iPadOS 14 Review. Federico Viticci takes a 23-page deep dive into the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
    • $ 24M series B raises in future For a $ 150 / mo workout coaching app amid the in-house fitness boom. The app has users paired with real-life fitness coaching for personal training at home. The round was led by Cafbrid Partners by Cafined Capital and Series A Investors Claren Perkins.
    • The river raises $ 10.4M Its app includes news, events and other events from around the web, from news to top publishers to sports to notable tweets. The application presents information in a real-time stream, browsed vertically. There is also a “for you” page similar to TikTok.
    • Roblox confidentially filed publicly with the SEC. This cross-platform gaming platform has sprung up during coronavirus lockdown. According to reports, the listing could double Roblox’s valuation of $ 4B.
    • Robo Advisor Wealthsimple Raises $ 87M. Funding for the investment app was led by Menlo Park-based technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) compared to Robinhood, which values ​​the business at $ 1B.
    • Fitness platform Playbook raises $ 9.3M. The company provides tools for personal trainers who want to create their own videos, which consumers then browse in the Playbook’s mobile app. Backers include E.Viers, Michael Ovitz, Abstract, Algae Ventures, Porsche Ventures and FJ Labs.
    • Live streaming app Moment House raises $ 1.5M seed. The startup aims to recreate the live event in digital format. Investors in the LA area invested, including Scooter Braun, Troy Carter, Cago’s Palm Tree Crew and Jared Leto. Patrian CEO Jack Conte and Sequoia Capital Partner Jess Lee also attended.
    • Twilio acquires segment for $ 3.2B To help developers build data-fueled applications.
    • E-learning platform Kahoot raised $ 215 million from SoftBank. The Norwegian startup claims to have hosted 1.3 billion “participating players” in the last 12 months. The company’s gamified e-learning platform is used in both schools and enterprise environments.


Mycons is a new app that makes it easy for users, including non-designers, to create and purchase custom icons for their iOS home screen makeovers. In the app’s “Icon Studio”, users can create icons by swapping backgrounds, selecting icons and placing them on icons accordingly. You can also create a complete set of icons in batch export. If you do not feel like your own design, you can opt to buy the Premier Pack instead.

The app is a free download with a one-time, in-app purchase to unlock the complete functionality of the icon designer. Icon packs, which include various variations and matching wallpapers, range from $ 7.99- $ 9.99.

Spotify’s new iOS 14 widget

Image Credit: ClearTips screenshot of Spotify widget

It’s here! The widget has been awaited by many since the launch of the new version of iOS.

The widget, which comes in the latest version of the Spotify iOS app, comes in two sizes. The small widget will display your most recently listened items, while the five most recent items will be shown instead of the medium-sized widget – four in a horizontal row and the most recent at the top. In that case, you can actually tap on the small thumbnail for which of the five you now want to be taken directly to that page in the Spotify app. The widget also automatically updates its background color to match the thumbnail photo.

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