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Friday May 27, 2022

You can now watch movies with friends using SharePlay on Mac

With the macOS Monterey update, Apple finally released the long-awaited SharePlay feature on Macs. This latest update brings the firmware version to 12.1 and improves the Mac computer. The most important addition to the Mac is SharePlay. It was announced at WWDC earlier in the year. SharePlay allows Mac users to watch movies and listen to music while on FaceTime with their friends.

However, the SharePlay feature has been delayed for a while. It was not included in the first macOS Monterey version for Macs or iOS 15 for iPhones. SharePlay’s best feature is the ability to sync between a Mac, iPhone or iPad. It allows users of both devices to enjoy FaceTime, Apple TV, and Apple Music. A few third-party apps support SharePlay.

This is how Apple describes SharePlay within the macOS Monterey 12.1 release notes:

  • SharePlay allows you to share synchronized experiences with FaceTime using content from Apple Music and the Apple TV app.
  • Sharing controls allows everyone to play, pause, fast forward, or rewind.
  • Smart volume automatically reduces the sound of a movie, TV series or song when you or your friends speak.
  • Screen sharing allows everyone to look at photos, surf the web, and help each other during FaceTime calls.

The macOS Monterey 12.1 includes SharePlay and also the Apple Music Voice Plan. This plan costs Rs 49 per monthly in India. It allows users to listen to music only using Siri. Siri and Search on Mac now allow for child protection against online abuse. This includes exposure to nullity via messages.

The macOS Monterey will allow you to choose who will be able to access your iCloud data when you die. It means that you can give people access to your iCloud account after your death with Apple’s permission. The new macOS Monterey 12.1 updates also include many fixes, such as HDR playback issues on YouTube. Their details can be found in the Apple release notes.

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