SharePlay is the reason to upgrade to iOS 15.1 right now

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Update (December 14, 2022): Apple has released a new update for macOS Monterey 12.1 that supports SharePlay. Now you can simply contact any of your friends through Facetime and watch videos or listen to music together using supported apps like Apple TV and Apple Music. If your friends have not joined SharePlay, they will receive a request when you start playing a title.

If there was one positive thing to come out of pandemic, it was the understanding that watching shows and movies at a distance with friends is very Good ™.

And with the launch of iOS 15.1, Apple is stepping in. So say hello to SharePlay. The feature was announced as part of iOS 15 back in June at the company's WWDC developer conference, but its release has been delayed.

SharePlay is going up faster than other apps that allow remote viewing. Here is a short list of what you can do with this new feature:

  • Listen to tracks on Apple Music along with time synchronized lyrics. You can read more about it here.
  • Work out with your friends on Apple Fitness +. Here are the instructions on how to do that.
  • Watch shows and movies on Apple TV + together. You can also do this on supported apps like ESPN +, Disney +, Hulu, and TikTok support is coming soon.
  • Play games with friends on a Facetime call. Here are some titles you can start with.
  • There is a screen sharing feature that can be used to browse the web, read an article, or view your shopping list together.
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You will have control over play, pause, rewind, and fast forward tracks or videos while using SharePlay. Additionally, you can send video via AirPlay on your Apple TV, while continuing with your Facetime call on your phone.

Additionally, the feature automatically reduces the size of the song or video when you or one of your friends is talking.

SharePlay is supported across Apple platforms: iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS. Unfortunately, the latest macOS (which is Monterey by the way) doesn't support it yet, so you have to wait for it.

It's a little unusual to see such a great feature in a small update, but I'm not complaining. While the peak time for viewing content remotely with friends seems to have passed, it's a useful feature to have cooked up in iOS.

There is a major drawback though: this is only limited to Apple devices.

SharePlay would be perfect if it worked on Android or Windows devices, but, honestly, I would be surprised if Apple never spread it on those platforms. Which is a shame to cry.


    What else is iOS 15.1?

    The new iOS 15.1 update also has other enhancements:

    • ProRes video support for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
    • Mandarin translation in the Translate app.
    • New HomeKit boosters based on humidity, air quality, and light level sensor.

    You can read all the changes here.

    You can update your iOS device right now by going to Settings> General> Software Update, and download the iOS 15.1 update. Happy sharing!

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