Apple SharePlay available to share experiences synchronized in FaceTime on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

At the WWDC21Apple had previewed for developers a number of innovations for the platforms tvOS, iOS And iPadOS that power its Apple TV set-top-box, its iPhones and its iPads respectively. Among these novelties, the function was announced SharePlay for FaceTimedesigned to allow you to share experiences with friends or family on iPhone and iPad while chatting in FaceTime, such as listening to Apple Music, watching a movie or episode of a series from the Apple TV app, and even sharing the screen to view apps together. SharePlay is now available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TVrespectively updated with iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1 and tvOS 15.1 in distribution from 25 October 2021.

At its debut, SharePlay allows you to share experiences synchronized in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music and other apps available in the App Store thanks to the SharePlay API made available by Apple to third-party developers – among the first non-Apple apps. Apple to have integrated support are Disney +, ESPN +, HBO Max, Hulu, MasterClass, Paramount +, Pluto TV, TikTok, Twitch, and others.

During a SharePlay session playback controls are shared among participants, so any of them can start, pause or skip to the next content. And then there is the smart volume, which automatically lowers the sound of a movie, TV show or song when one of the participants speaks. And with the screen sharing functioneveryone on the FaceTime call can view photos, browse the web, or help each other during an activity.

To start a sharing session with SharePlay during a FaceTime call you have to start a FaceTime call, swipe up from the bottom edge of the FaceTime call, open a streaming app that supports SharePlay, start playing content. To end sharing with SharePlayat the top of the FaceTime call press the SharePlay button, then press ‘End sharing with SharePlay’ and choose between ‘End only for me’ or ‘End for everyone’.

For example, SharePlay on Apple Music allows participants in a session to listen to music together during a FaceTime call. Attendees can manage a shared queue to choose what to play next, control playback together, and follow a song with lyrics synchronized with the music. To do these things, you need an iPhone or iPad updated to iOS or iPadOS 15.1 (or later) and an Apple Music subscription. To reorder / remove songs from a shared queue: during a SharePlay music session, open the Apple Music app; tap the song playing at the bottom of the screen; in the lower right corner of the music player, tap ‘Play next’: in this screen, all participants can reorder the music in the queue (by dragging the icon with the three horizontal lines next to a song) and / or remove a song (by swiping left on a song, then tapping Remove).

SharePlay also works with the Apple TV set-top-box (with at least tvOS 15.1), allows you to initiate a FaceTime call on your iPhone or iPad, then start watching a movie or show on the big screen your Apple TV is connected to. Just start a FaceTime call on your iPhone or iPad (requires iOS or iPadOS 15.1 or later), then select a piece of content to watch with other people on Apple TV. With SharePlay, content playback is synchronized, so all people can laugh, cry, scream or sigh at the same time in front of the screen on their iPhone or iPad.

To join a SharePlay session on Apple TV you need to initiate a FaceTime call on iPhone or iPad, then Apple TV detects when a FaceTime call is in progress and shows the SharePlay indicator in the top right corner of the Apple TV Home screen. At this point, press and hold the TV button on the Siri remote control to open the Control Center, where the SharePlay button and then ‘Join’ must be selected, then confirm on the iPhone or iPad. You can then start watching a movie or show on Apple TV: the video is played synchronously on Apple TV and across all devices in the FaceTime call. All attendees can use the playback controls on their device to start or stop, rewind or fast forward in real time. Note: SharePlay controls are only shown in Control Center when a user is signed in with the same Apple ID on both Apple TV and FaceTime on iPhone or iPad. To switch between users on Apple TV, press and hold the TV button TV button on the Siri remote to open Control Center, then select or add a new user.

If you’ve already started watching a movie or show on an iOS or iPadOS device during a SharePlay session, you can send it to Apple TV to enjoy on a larger screen.. After starting a FaceTime call on your iPhone or iPad, go to your device’s Home screen, then open a video streaming app that supports SharePlay (Apple’s TV app, for example). Press the ‘Play’ button in the video streaming app. On an iPhone or iPad, do one of the following: In the streaming app, tap the AirPlay icon and select the Apple TV you want to watch the movie or show on / open Control Center then tap the AirPlay and select Apple TV in the AirPlay device list. The video plays synchronously on Apple TV and across all devices in the FaceTime call. All attendees can use the playback controls on their device to start or stop, rewind or fast forward in real time.

To stop a SharePlay session on Apple TVpress and hold the TV button on the Siri remote to open Control Center, then select the SharePlay button and then select “Stop SharePlay” to stop the session or “Transfer to [Nome dispositivo]”To continue watching on the device on which FaceTime calling is active.

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