iOS 11 beta hints at livestream­ing

Soon you may be able to broad­cast your screen

Mac|Life - - START - BY Parker Wil­helm & Alan Stone­bridge

Qui­etly men­tioned on one of Ap­ple’s WWDC key­note slides for iOS 11 was “Screen record­ing.” The idea of record­ing an iPhone or iPad’s screen isn’t new, of course; you’ve been able to do it for years by us­ing a USB ca­ble to con­nect a de­vice to Quick­Time on a Mac, for ex­am­ple. What the slide re­ferred to is iOS 11’s abil­ity to record its dis­play con­tents to its own stor­age, with­out the in­volve­ment of hard­ware other than the de­vice you’re us­ing.

It now seems Ap­ple’s am­bi­tions for this ca­pa­bil­ity ex­tend be­yond record­ing the dis­play for later edit­ing – in an app like iMovie, say. The Next Web re­ports that a “Start Broad­cast” but­ton has been spot­ted in one of the de­vel­oper be­tas of iOS 11.

While the but­ton doesn’t seem to ac­tu­ally broad­cast at the time of writ­ing – press­ing it cur­rently starts the plain screen-record­ing fea­ture – it’s be­ing spec­u­lated that it will al­low for livestream­ing of your phone’s screen.

Right now there has been no con­fir­ma­tion from Ap­ple about the Start Broad­cast but­ton’s purpose — or whether it will def­i­nitely be avail­able in the pub­licly re­leased ver­sion of iOS 11 that’s sched­uled for this fall — but if this re­ally is a new way to stream from a mo­bile de­vice, we can see why Ap­ple would jump on the op­por­tu­nity.

User-broad­cast video streams have be­come in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar over the last few years, with YouTube and Face­book Live be­com­ing ma­jor des­ti­na­tions for watch­ing feeds. Mean­while, Ama­zon’s stream­ing ser­vice, Twitch, re­cently up­dated its mo­bile app to al­low broad­cast­ing. There’s huge potential in a livestream­ing fea­ture be­ing avail­able sys­tem-wide in iOS, with­out app devel­op­ers hav­ing to im­ple­ment it in each app.

You can broad­cast your­self us­ing the likes of Face­book Live, and soon iOS 11 might en­able you to show off any­thing from your iPhone or iPad’s screen.

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