The flagship feature of Apple's fall updates (including iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey) is SharePlay. This is a new software feature on top of FaceTime that lets you watch and listen to movies, TV shows, music, podcasts and more with friends and family while chatting over video.
Right now, the number of apps compatible with SharePlay is a pretty small list:the Apple TV app for movies and TV shows, the Apple Music app for music and Apple's Podcasts app for podcasts. The company promises more prominent third-party partners when iOS 15 launches this fall, including HBO Max, Disney Plus, Paramount Plus, TikTok, and Twitch. However, some big names seem to be jumping for now:notably Netflix and YouTube.
For now, if you want to try it, here's how.
You have two options for ending a stream:either end it for everyone when calling SharePlay, or end it just for you (letting everyone continue watching ).
Using SharePlay on macOS Monterey works the same way as iOS and iPadOS:you'll need to start a FaceTime call, launch a compatible app, and play content that everyone on the call can access.
When you're in a SharePlay session, you'll be able to access call controls through a menu bar icon (instead of the context menu that appears on iOS and iPadOS).
Using SharePlay with an Apple TV works a bit differently than other platforms, as you can't actually start (or join) a FaceTime call through an Apple TV itself. same. Instead, when using FaceTiming on a nearby iPhone, iPad, or Mac with SharePlay, Apple TV will give you the option to transfer the media portion of that call to the bigger screen through Control Center.
To access it:
It's important to note that only the music or movie you're watching will play on Apple TV. Your FaceTime video will still play on the Mac, iPhone, or iPad you started with.