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Danish Kapoor
Danish Kapoor

Apple SharePlay will expand to work with home speakers

Apple is expanding the SharePlay feature and making it available on speakers at home. This innovation will enable HomePod, HomePod Mini, Apple TV and Bluetooth speakers to work compatible with SharePlay and Apple Music. Thus, music control at home can be shared with friends and family members.

These features were announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2024) and will be available in the fall along with tvOS 18 and iOS 18 updates. This new ability of SharePlay will work similar to the SharePlay feature in Apple CarPlay. This feature, which is similar to the Spotify Jams concept, will allow multiple people to contribute and control the music list at the same time.

The person starting the SharePlay session will need to have an Apple Music subscription, but that won't be a requirement for people joining. Participants will be able to join the session by bringing their iPhone closer to the subscriber's iPhone or by scanning the QR code in the Apple Music SharePlay window. Once approved, they'll be able to control the music playing on the HomePod, Apple TV, or Bluetooth speaker and add tracks to the playlist via the Apple Music app.

This feature was previously planned for HomePods in iOS 17.4 Beta, but was removed before the final release. SharePlay was first introduced for iPhones with iOS 15 and enables streaming music, online videos and movies over FaceTime. CarPlay support came with iOS 17, and now with iOS 18, you will be able to share DJ control at home with your friends.

Apple Music Haptics was also announced

Meanwhile, Apple Music Haptics was announced as a new feature that will allow users to experience sound through touches and vibrations. This feature will use the iPhone's Taptic Engine to add taps, textures and subtle vibrations to the sound of music, providing a different audio experience for users with hearing difficulties.

Apple stated that Music Haptics will work on millions of songs in the Apple Music catalog and will be available as an API for developers to add the feature to their apps. This feature will also be available in the fall with iOS 18.

These innovations stand out as part of Apple's steps to improve the user experience and make it more inclusive. Apple's SharePlay and Music Haptics features aim to make the music experience at home more social and accessible.

Danish Kapoor