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iOS 10 live streaming feature uncovered in latest beta

by Jacob Kleinman | July 14, 2016July 14, 2016 7:30 am PDT

iOS 10 is set to offer live streaming support thanks to a new version of ReplayKit, making it possible to broadcast mobile games online and even add your own commentary in real time. Now we’re getting our first look at how developers will be able to add the new feature.

The live streaming option was recently spotted in the latest iOS 10 beta and shared on Reddit. The feature actually turned up in the Swift Playgrounds, a new iPad app designed to teach coding to kids. A bit of digging in the extended menu revealed a “Broadcast Live” option, and tapping it will help you find a support third-party streaming app.

Apple revealed the new feature earlier this year at WWDC but this is the first time we’re seeing it out in the wild. The new ReplayKit lets you broadcast mobile games and other apps live on iOS for the first time. It also uses the microphone and front-facing camera so you can stream your own reactions simultaneously.

Including the option in new and updated apps is as easy as adding in a little bit of extra code. So once iOS 10 officially launches we should see tons of popular games and other apps start to add live streaming support. We still don’t know exactly when that will be, but Apple typically releases the latest version of iOS each September around the same time it launches the latest iPhone.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...