Apple says SharePlay is coming to Mac later this fall

SharePlay for Mac will launch as part of a macOS Monterey update scheduled to launch publicly with a tentative “later-this-year” release date, Apple has acknowledged today.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple reiterates that SharePlay is coming to macOS later in 2021
  • SharePlay is currently available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
  • It requires iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1 and tvOS 15.1

When will SharePlay for Mac become available?

According to an announcement published on the Apple Newsroom, SharePlay for Mac is scheduled to release publicly via a macOS Monterey update coming later this year. “Support for SharePlay on Mac devices will arrive in an update to macOS Monterey later this fall,” reads the announcement. Read: How to share music and videos over FaceTime

SharePlay is a new Apple feature that gives you the ability to share app experiences right inside FaceTime. Apple has provided developers with the tools to implement SharePlay functionality into their own apps.

On iOS and iPadOS, several Apple apps that come preinstalled are compatible with the SharePlay feature, including TV, Music and Podcasts. FaceTime call participants must be subscribed to a service in order to enjoy a piece of content shared via SharePlay.

What is SharePlay and which Apple devices support it?

SharePlay is currently available on the following devices:

  • iPhone and iPod touch with iOS 15.1 and later
  • iPad with iPadOS 15.1 and later
  • Apple TV with tvOS 15.1 and later.

Aside from Apple’s own apps, SharePlay will be supported in a number of popular third-party apps, including Spotify. Apple has highlighted several third-party apps that already support SharePlay such as NBA, TikTok, Twitch, Paramount+ and SHOWTIME.

If you have an Apple TV, you can watch shared media on the big screen while using FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad. With screen sharing support, you and your friends can browse the web together, look at photos or check out something in a favorite app (which is great if you happen to be tech support for your family).