Apple's newis here and it almost makes us feel like we've bought a brand new phone (speaking of which, the ). Apple's latest software update comes with a lot of new features, including , so you know when it starts raining, and and other IDs in your Apple Wallet. Pretty nifty, huh?
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But iOS 15 comes with FaceTime's biggest updates yet, making Apple a big competitor forand . SharePlay, one of iOS 15's most talked-about features, lets you share your screen with friends to watch movies, listen to songs and more -- all while on your FaceTime call. It takes video calling to the next level without the extra apps and subscription fees. The SharePlay feature, which we played with during the iOS 15 beta but is not yet available in the iOS 15 public release, may make the iOS 15 and upgrades even better when it's added in (here's how to ).
Betweenand , iOS 15 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting upgrade ( ).
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How to use SharePlay to share your screen in FaceTime
Like Zoom, FaceTime will let you share your screen with others on the call when SharePlay is made available, so you can share more than just music and videos. Apple's suggested use cases include planning a trip together, browsing Zillow with future roommates, showing off a video game or helping a friend with a technical problem by walking them through. This feature will also work across Apple devices, which means you can share your Mac screen or your iPhone or iPad screen in a call.
How to stream shows and movies with FaceTime
Having a watch party in FaceTime is simple and intuitive with SharePlay. When you stream movies or TV shows with a friend, content will sync across devices and allow both parties access to controls. And you'll still see and hear each other in picture-in-picture as you watch. Streaming services that have already partnered with Apple for SharePlay include Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok and ESPN Plus.
In order to use SharePlay, both parties need to use FaceTime on an Apple device that supports, or . Another cool feature of SharePlay is that you can cast to your while maintaining the FaceTime call on your iPhone. That way you're not stuck squinting at a tiny screen with your friend's face blocking the show.
Here's how to set up SharePlay in FaceTime:
1. Start a FaceTime call.
2. Open a streaming app while connected to the call and choose a show or movie.
3. Press Play, and both parties can watch the same stream at once.
How to listen to music with SharePlay
Using SharePlay to listen to a new album with a friend works similarly to having a watch party. When sharing music, both parties will also have access to controls to pause, play or skip songs in SharePlay. And you can even contribute to shared playlists by adding songs to a queue within Apple Music.
Here's how to share music with SharePlay:
1. Start a FaceTime call.
2. Open Apple Music and choose a song.
3. Press Play, and the song will begin playing from both devices at the same time.
One drawback: SharePlay's subscription problem
Netflix, iOS 15 hands-on testing, we put this to the test and verified that not only do both parties need a subscription to the app being shared (if applicable), but they also need to have the app itself downloaded on both devices.and YouTube are a few of the apps that won't sync with SharePlay. Apple also notes that a subscription may be required for both parties in order to share streaming services (like HBO Max or Disney Plus) through SharePlay. In our
So if your friend wants to SharePlay a TikTok video and you don't have the TikTop app installed, you won't be able to see the video over FaceTime. And before you get too excited, you also won't be able to circumvent this by sharing your video stream via screen-share instead of through the app itself.
SharePlay isn't the only thing. Check out the new , like turn by turn directions that make it a lot easier to know where you're going. Apple also announced the with curved edges and faster charging. And here's the latest on the if you're thinking about buying the new phone.
Correction, Sept. 21: A previous version of this article incorrectly said SharePlay was included with the release of iOS 15. It was available in the beta version of the software.