Apple has announced that SharePlay will not launch with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey

SharePlay on iPhone
SharePlay on iPhone (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • SharePlay will not be available with the initial release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey.
  • Apple has created a new development profile for developers to continue working on the feature.

SharePlay , one of the tentpole new features of Apple's upcoming software releases, is delayed.

In the release notes for the sixth developer beta of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple has revealed that SharePlay will not be available for the initial launch of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey this fall.

The company has, however, created a new development profile that will allow developers to continue to develop for the new feature.

SharePlay has been disabled for use in the developer beta 6 versions of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and tvOS 15, and will be disabled in the upcoming beta 6 release of macOS Monterey. SharePlay will also be disabled for use in their initial releases 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. Your team can continue developing SharePlay support for your apps by installing this development profile.

SharePlay on iOS 15 and tvOS 15

SharePlay on iOS 15 and tvOS 15 (Image credit: Apple)

As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple is telling developers to remove the GroupActivities entitlement from their upcoming releases until the company re-enables the feature in a future developer beta.

We're thrilled with the high level of enthusiasm we've seen from the developer community for SharePlay, and we can't wait to bring it to users so that they can experience your apps with their friends and family in a whole new way.We appreciate how many teams have been hard at work building SharePlay experiences and to ensure there is no interruption in your development, we have provided a SharePlay Development Profile which will enable successful creation and reception of GroupSessions via the Group Activities API.If your team plans to submit an update to your app for the initial release of these platforms, please remove the GroupActivities entitlement. We will provide guidance when SharePlay is re-enabled in a future developer beta, at which point we encourage you to include the GroupActivities entitlement in your code.

SharePlay will allow users to use FaceTime to share a number of experiences remotely, including movies, music, and screen sharing. The feature will work across the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac. It's currently unclear exactly when SharePlay will launch to the public.

Apple is expected to release all of its new software versions throughout the fall months.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.