Apple re-enables its new SharePlay feature in the latest developer betas

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

What you need to know

  • Apple has re-enabled SharePlay in the latest developer betas.
  • The feature is now part of the iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, tvOS 15.1, and macOS Monterey 7 developer betas.
  • It is still unclear when it will launch to the public.

While SharePlay did not launch with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and tvOS 15 earlier this week, it has been re-enabled in the latest developer betas.

As spotted by MacRumors, Apple has added the SharePlay feature back to the iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, tvOS 15.1, and macOS Monterey 7 developer betas. According to the report, testers will need to use the SharePlay profile in order to test the new feature on the Mac.

Testing SharePlay no longer requires the SharePlay Development Profile to get it to work, but those who want to use it on macOS Monterey will still need to use the SharePlay profile and will need to update to the newly released macOS Monterey beta.

It's still unclear when SharePlay will launch to users, though it is promising that it is included in the latest betas. Perhaps Apple will plan to release the new feature soon as the .1 software update normally comes soon after the initial release.

SharePlay is one of the tentpole features that Apple announced at WWDC21 earlier this year. The feature allows you to share your screen, video, music, and other content in sync with friends and family over FaceTime so you can enjoy it all together despite being apart.

Users can now share experiences with SharePlay while connecting with friends on FaceTime, including listening to songs together with Apple Music, watching a TV show or movie from Apple TV+ and other streaming services in sync, or sharing their screen to view apps together. SharePlay works across iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and with shared playback controls, anyone in a SharePlay session can play, pause, or jump ahead. SharePlay even extends to Apple TV, so users can watch shows or movies on a big screen. Disney+, ESPN+, HBO Max, Hulu, MasterClass, Paramount+, Pluto TV, TikTok, Twitch, and many others are integrating SharePlay into their apps — creating entirely new ways to connect.

Developers can download the iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, tvOS 15.1, and macOS Monterey 7 developer betas now.

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.