FaceTime SharePlay Feature Won't Be Available When iOS 15 Launches

In the beta notes for the sixth updates to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and tvOS 15, Apple says that the FaceTime SharePlay feature has been disabled for future beta releases and will not be available to use when the updates initially launch this fall.

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Apple will instead make SharePlay available in an update to ‌iOS 15‌, ‌iPadOS 15‌, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey that's coming later this year.

With SharePlay being removed temporarily, Apple is offering an alternative tool for developers to test SharePlay development features, and a SharePlay profile is available for developers to download.

SharePlay has been disabled for use in iOS and iPadOS 15 developer beta 6 and will be disabled for use in its initial release this fall. SharePlay will be enabled for use again in future developer beta releases and will launch to the public in software updates later this fall. To continue your development, we have provided a SharePlay Development Profile which will enable successful creation and reception of GroupSessions via the Group Activities API.

With SharePlay, ‌FaceTime‌ users can share their screens with one another, watch movies and TV shows in sync together, listen to music and contribute to a group playlist, and more.

Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15
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Top Rated Comments

Hyde0709 Avatar
11 months ago
Lame. Sharing screens is the one big thing I want some FaceTime. I am tired of walking my parents and in-laws through tasks on their phone and not seeing what they're seeing.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
diamondsw Avatar
11 months ago
Apple really needs to drop the annual cadence. Every two years would be fine - more stability for organizations, meatier OS updates, and more time for testing.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sjpr Avatar
11 months ago
Agree with wesd1234. Such a buggy feature, and even more annoying is that this was one of the key features of iOS 15 alongside the Safari redesign that’s been mostly retracted… so wth is iOS 15 for again?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
murdoc2k Avatar
11 months ago
Apple: makes a big change to the OS, a few bugs went unnoticed.
The Crowd: I want Apple to take their time and release bug free features! Stop throwing stuff out and fixing it later.

Apple: makes small changes and focuses on stability.
The Crowd: ? Apple is lacking innovation. This is the most boring update ever.

Apple: ??‍♂️
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rdinterman Avatar
11 months ago
Every year, over promise and under deliver...
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ent Avatar
11 months ago
More like FailPlay
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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