Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2014 in June. The upcoming release brings some of the biggest changes yet for the company’s desktop operating system. We found out back in June the updated iMessage in Yosemite includes a screen sharing feature. Earlier this week Apple seeded a new beta of OS X Yosemite and it has been discovered that the screen sharing feature has now been made available in the software.
Previous betas did not bring this feature for iMessage in Yosemite. The feature does what the name suggests. Users will be able to share whatever they see on their screens with the person on the other end.
This isn’t the first time that Apple has worked on such a feature. Back when there used to be an iChat app on Mac it did have a similar feature, however users were required to have an AIM, Yahoo, Jabber or Gmail account. Bundling this feature in iMessage would enable Mac users to simply use their Apple IDs or iMessage/FaceTime account to share screens with friends and family.
The beta also brought to light some details about this feature that were not previously available. For example users will have the ability to block anyone who sends them a screen share request and they will need to authenticate for a second time to let the other user control their screen.
Apple announced back at WWDC 2014 that OS X Yosemite will be released for supported Mac computers later this fall.