Fans of Clips by Clean Shaven Apps are likely to find a newly launched competitor very interesting— it's called Copied, and already at just version 1.0, developer Kevin Chang's clipboard manager is brimming with potential. Copied for iOS shares many features with Clips: clip text and images from any app, manage those clips from inside the app itself, and finally, access your clips via either a today widget or keyboard, but then Copied goes a bit further...
Copied makes keeping your clips organized easier by offering lists and can pull some neat tricks that Clips can't — batch several clips together and add them to the clipboard and merge selected clips together into one clip. One additional huge bonus for Copied — it's also available as an excellent in its own right Mac app that syncs back to Copied on iOS using iCloud. Just like the iOS app, Copied for Mac handles text and images (no files) and seems to sync just as fast and more reliably on my Mac than say apps like Command-C or Instashare.
Nice as Copied is, it isn't a Clips killer yet. Copied offers customizable templates for formatting text (HTML, Markdown, etc.) when pasting, but it's only available from inside the app. Clips give you access to your templates from its Today widget and keyboard, making it much easier to move and import your clips into your app of choice when working on the iPhone (versus the iPad, where Copied's support for Split View and Slide Over make this largely irrelevant). Clips also ships with an action extension for saving clips versus Copied's reliance on coming back to the Copied app to save the clipboard or pulling down the Today widget to save it (which to be honest, takes about as much time as pulling up the extension, it's just less intuitive). So no, I'm not ditching Clips just yet, but with a few tweaks and additions I could totally see that happening. As is, Copied for clip management and sync between devices is well worth a download— for Mac ($3.99) and iOS (free to try - $0.99 IAP to unlock).
UPDATE: So two quick but really important corrections here. First, you can in fact access your templates from the Copied keyboard — tapping the "Aa" button will cycle through them, changing your clippings accordingly. It's not the most intuitive implementation which is why I missed it, but it's there and that's all that matters. Second, and this is totally on me — Copied does have a share extension. I was so focused on finding "Copied" I totally overlooked "Copy and Save" which copies your selection to Copied as expected. Given I really only had two complaints about Copied vs Clips, and these were the two— well let's just say goodbye Clips for now (also thanks to @copiedapp for reaching out to us on this).
Copied requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.