At last week’s California Streaming event, Apple announced that the iOS 15 update would be made freely available for iPhone users on Monday, September 20.
Unfortunately, even though iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 were officially released this week, SharePlay is not yet available.
Among other things, the improved operating system introduces a “Shared with You” section – that allows you to keep track of all the photos, videos, music and assorted content that you have received over messages – and a “Focus” app that helps you reduce distractions by filtering what kind of notifications you get while at work.
Meanwhile, there is a new microphone mode that eliminates background noise and a portrait mode that automatically puts you in focus and blurs out everything else.
Some of the biggest changes for iOS 15 though are related to the FaceTime video calling app. A spatial audio setting has been introduced, which makes the voices of other callers sound like they are actually coming from the direction in which they are positioned on the screen.
Head below for more details about why Apple has delayed SharePlay…
Sharing your screen on FaceTime
The ability to share your screen over FaceTime has been one of the most oft-requested iPhone and iPad features over the years.
There are a variety of reasons why people want this feature, including for tech support, playing games and puzzles together, and more. Apple announced iOS 15 at WWDC in June, and it heavily focused on SharePlay. SharePlay is a multi-faceted feature that allows you to watch TV shows and movies with other people, listen to Apple Music together, and more.
Notably, SharePlay also allows you to share your iPhone or iPad screen with people over FaceTime. Apple says that this feature will let you “share your screen to bring web pages, apps, and more into your conversation on FaceTime.”
So when will SharePlay be available? SharePlay was added to iOS 15 beta 2 in June with support for many of the promised features. In August, however, Apple removed SharePlay from the iOS 15 beta and said the feature wouldn’t be included in the first version of iOS 15 released to the public.
Then, just today, Apple released the first beta of iOS 15.1 to developers — and it includes support for SharePlay So to recap: SharePlay and the ability to share your iPhone’s screen over FaceTime are not included in iOS 15. The feature is, however, available in the beta of iOS 15.1, so we expect Apple to release SharePlay to the public as part of iOS 15.1 later this fall.
Are you excited to try out SharePlay once it’s released to everyone? Let us know down in the comments!