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Apple today introduced iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, and tvOS 15.1, all of which add support for SharePlay. SharePlay is designed to let people do more with friends and family over FaceTime, such as watching movies or listening to music.

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SharePlay support is available for Apple Music, the Apple TV app, and Fitness+ in addition to being accessible for screen sharing, but it can do even more than that because third-party developers can add SharePlay support to their apps. We've rounded up a handful of apps that have introduced SharePlay support, and we'll add to this list going forward.

Apollo

Reddit app Apollo has been updated with SharePlay integration. On a FaceTime call, participants can view the same subreddit, browse comment threads, and look at media. Both participants need to have the Apollo app installed for this to work. Apollo is free to download, but some features require an in-app purchase to unlock.

Guessing Game

Guessing Game is a casual party game that uses SharePlay to offer up a multiplayer experience with friends over FaceTime. Built specifically for SharePlay, the game allows users to play "Guess the Phrase" or "Guess the Drawing." With Guess the Phrase, users aim to complete the phrase first as it fills in one letter at a time, and with Guess the Drawing, the aim is to figure out a friend's drawing before the time runs out.

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Guessing Game is free to download, but unlocking additional content like TV, Music, and Movie add-on packs requires in-app purchases.

Mapless

Mapless is an app that is focused specifically on walking directions and ideal for those who often walk to where they want to go. The SharePlay component introduces a "Walk and Meet" feature, which is designed to allow two people to find each other with each receiving walking directions to the other.

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Two users can start a FaceTime conversation and then open up Mapless to initiate the SharePlay integration. From there, users can tap on the Walk and Meet option and each person will receive an arrow that points toward the other person in the conversation to make finding one another easier. A green ring also shows the progress as two people approach each other.

Mapless is free to download, but there are Plus and Premium subscription purchases that are required, with a free trial available.

Shhh!

Shhh! is a social deduction game that can be played over FaceTime with SharePlay. In the game, everyone but one player knows a single location, and this location must be kept secret from the spy while the players also deduce who the spy is through a series of questions.

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A game has to be started from the app after creating a FaceTime call, but non-iPhone users can also join in on the web. Shhh! is free to play and available from the App Store.

Share+

Share+ is an app that adds several photo and video-related experiences to the FaceTime experience. Users can take a selfie together using a selfie feature that crops out everyone's backgrounds and merges them together, or they can watch YouTube or view photos in a "Theater" experience.

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There are built-in games like "Word Lines," "Word Find," "Charades," "4 in a Row," along with options for editing and annotating PDFs with a group of users. Share+ can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

Kahoot!

Kahoot, an app that provides learning games for children, allows iPhone and iPad users to play Kahoot games over FaceTime. Users can start a FaceTime call, open the FaceTime app, and then select one of available quiz-based games. Kahoot is free to download, but there are optional in-app purchases to unlock more content

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Learn More About SharePlay

SharePlay has a lot of other capabilities and can be used for watching TV and movies with friends, listening to music together, and there's even a screen sharing feature. We have more details on SharePlay in our SharePlay guide, and for those who want to try out the screen sharing, we have a dedicated how to with instructions.

Article Link: Apps and Games That Use iOS 15.1's New SharePlay Feature
 
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P-DogNC

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This could be a great tool in a language classroom, but I will also have to patrol and make sure it is not going to be used for cheating. I have to warn some of my less tech-savvy colleagues about this stuff when Apple creates new innovative features.
 

Cosmosent

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Anybody know how much extra DRAM is required when Sharing the Screen ?

I.e., how much does the Framework require to do its thing ?
 

friedmud

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How well does this interact with AppleTV? Does it only work via AirPlay? If so - does that mean the quality is degraded?

I would love to watch a movie with my distant family: using the phone for camera/mic and using synchronized play on AppleTV... but I would also definitely want both of us to be able to watch in 4k/HDR with Dolby Atmos... which I don't think AirPlay does at all.
 

london_apple

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I tried screensharing with some family members on FaceTime this afternoon but it was only showing a ”pause” symbol on the screen. They were also running 15.1 — any ideas? Does screensharing actually work yet or am I just unlucky?
 

Beerstalker

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What I haven't seen yet, is can you use this without Facetime?

Say I have 4 people in my van taking a long drive on vacation, each with their own iPad. I want to be able to play one movie on all 4 screens synced together, with sound playing over the van's speakers (one of the iPads hooked up to van stereo input). We don't need facetime running to video chat at the same time since we are all in the same vehicle.

Right now I haven't figured out any way to do this, and when I first heard about SharePlay I thought it might help, but the more I read about it the more it seems to only work over FaceTime.
 

Lounge vibes 05

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What I haven't seen yet, is can you use this without Facetime?

Say I have 4 people in my van taking a long drive on vacation, each with their own iPad. I want to be able to play one movie on all 4 screens synced together, with sound playing over the van's speakers (one of the iPads hooked up to van stereo input). We don't need facetime running to video chat at the same time since we are all in the same vehicle.

Right now I haven't figured out any way to do this, and when I first heard about SharePlay I thought it might help, but the more I read about it the more it seems to only work over FaceTime.
Yes that’s possible.
1. Start a FT call as normal
2. Have everyone mute their Microphones and disable their cameras.
3. SharePlay
 

soapropos

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Apollo, the best Reddit reader for iOS, also supports Shareplay, though I can't say I've ever wanted to share the experience of browsing Reddit.
What is the difference between doing SharePlay and just doing a regular screen share? Struggling to see what extra functionality SharePlay would bring to the table
 

KindJamz

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This is one of those things that makes zero sense to me. Of course I have never used FaceTime. Don’t plan on using it. Last thing I want to do is see the people on the phone with me.
 

pacorob

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What is the difference between doing SharePlay and just doing a regular screen share? Struggling to see what extra functionality SharePlay would bring to the table
What I read on Apple's website it was limited to sharing photos and browsing the web using Safari.
Now supported SharePlay apps can be used to share audio or video from (third party) apps.
 
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