Apple is currently working on iOS 15, and developers can already try out beta 6. But one announced feature is unlikely to be ready for the launch of the new firmware for iPhone and iPad – SharePlay.
SharePlay is considered one of the most exciting new features of iOS 15, which makes it all the more disappointing that Apple is postponing its introduction. Apparently, there are still too many problems with the feature at the moment. Apple itself therefore writes in the Development Profile that SharePlay will be “disabled for use in the first final versions this fall”.
Apple has also removed SharePlay from the current Beta 6. It is not known how long it will take the company, along with its partners, to complete development of the feature. Apple only stated that they plan to release the new feature in software updates later this fall. It is also unclear at this time whether Apple may be holding back other features announced for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for the time being. For example, “Universal Control”, which allows the mouse and keyboard to be used simultaneously on the Mac and iPad, cannot yet be found in the beta versions of the firmware so far.
What is Apple SharePlay?
Apple SharePlay is an extension for the video telephony function Facetime. Participants in a chat or video call can share content with each other using SharePlay. This applies to songs via Apple Music as well as movies, screen content, files, etc. Facetime is thus not only expanded into a comprehensive video conferencing tool. The service is also suitable for remotely streaming a movie together – in times of Corona and contact restrictions, a function that experienced a boom.
For the whole thing to work, the various services need to integrate Apple SharePlay into their apps. Compatible streaming providers and apps in the US so far include Disney+, ESPN+, HBO Max, Hulu, MasterClass, Paramount+, Pluto TV, TikTok and Twitch.
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