Apple says SharePlay won’t be included in the initial iOS 15 release this fall

Apple has made the decision to delay the launch of its new SharePlay feature in iOS 15. The new feature will be available in a later update to iOS 15, Apple says, and will not be included in the initial public release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey.

Apple says that SharePlay has been disabled in 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.

To allow developers to continue to test SharePlay integration with their applications in iOS 15, Apple is releasing a new SharePlay development profile. Apple explains:

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 was touted as one of the leading features of iOS 15 when Apple announced the update at WWDC in June. The feature allows users to watch movies and TV shows in sync over FaceTime, collaborate on Apple Music playlists, share their screens, and more.

The delay means that SharePlay will come in a subsequent update to iOS 15, such as iOS 15.1 or iOS 15.2. Apple has not offered any additional detail on the reasoning for the delay.

Apple has not yet commented on whether Universal Control, a headlining feature of macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15, will be available at launch. The feature has not been available in any of the betas thus far.

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