Apple introduced a new set of features designed for shared experiences like co-watching TV shows or TikTok videos, listening to music together, screen sharing, and more while on a FaceTime call as part of iOS 15. The feature, called SharePlay, enables real-time connections with family and friends while you’re hanging out on FaceTime, Apple explained, by integrating access to apps from within the call itself.
Using the Apple Music integration, users will be able to collaboratively queue up multiple songs (with, of course, the ability to skip songs if someone gets a little too chaotic with the virtual aux). When sharing videos through FaceTime, users will be able to see the other people on the call on top of the video, which will be playing in-sync for everyone.
The company announced a set of launch partners for SharePlay, including Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, NBA, Twitch, TikTok, MasterClass, ESPN+, Paramount+, and Pluto TV. It’s also making an API available to developers so they can integrate their own apps with SharePlay.
SharePlay won’t be limited to just Apple TV Plus and Music, though. Apple is also building in the ability to share your screen through FaceTime as well.