Apple adds new sharing features to iMessage

Shared playlists will now automatically get saved in Apple Music

At Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the company unveiled a new set of features coming to iMessage as part of iOS 15 that will make the platform more of a competitor to WhatsApp and Messenger.

iMessage will soon feature a new collage design for bulk images sent to you, which can be swiped through to view individually. These photos will then be added to your phone gallery under a new section called ‘Shared With You,’ in addition to the normal image library.

This new feature will only add photos that have you in them. What this means is that any photo shared with you which has, for example, a meme or a photo of a car, will not be saved in the Shared With You section. Apple’s aim with this new feature is to help you organize the photos and media shared with you in a new, dedicated folder.

Further, if someone shares an interesting article over iMessage  and you don’t have time to read it immediately, it will be stored in the Apple News app under a new section called “Shared With You.” The article will show up top along with the name of the person who shared it with you.

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This new feature is not limited to photos and articles, as it works with playlists too. Any playlist shared over iMessage will now be added to your Apple Music app, along with the name of the person who shared it.

According to Apple, “Shared with You works across the system to find the articles, music, TV shows, photos, and more that are shared in Messages conversations, and conveniently surfaces them in apps like Photos, Safari, Apple News, Music, Podcasts, and the Apple TV app, making it easy to quickly access the information in context.”

iOS 15’s developer beta is available starting today, with the public beta releasing next month. The new OS will officially drop later this fall.

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