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iPhone mirroring now available in iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia Betas

An illustration of an integrated digital workspace showcasing iPhone mirroring on a Mac. The image features an iPhone displaying notifications and app interfaces, seamlessly connected to a MacBook. Various app icons, tools, and interface elements float around, symbolizing smooth interaction and multitasking between devices. The scene highlights productivity and connectivity, emphasizing the new mirroring capability in Apple's iOS and macOS.

Apple's latest beta releases for iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia now include iPhone Mirroring, a notable feature announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. This new capability allows developers to mirror their iPhone screens directly on their Mac, enabling the use of iPhone apps on the computer. Users can even launch and run iPhone apps on their Macs and move files seamlessly between the devices.

Apple demonstrated this feature at WWDC by editing a video clip with Final Cut Pro on the Mac and then transferring it to an iPhone for further edits. This interoperability was supported by the release of Final Cut Pro for iPad and Final Cut Camera, along with updates for Final Cut Pro for Mac.

iPhone Mirroring also simplifies using iPhone apps without unlocking the phone. Notifications and alerts from iPhone apps appear on the Mac desktop, and iPhone audio is played through the Mac. This is particularly useful for developers who frequently demo apps during video calls or live presentations.

For security, the physical iPhone remains locked while being mirrored, preventing unauthorized access. The feature works in Standby mode, displaying information at a glance.

While public betas are due in a few weeks and the official operating systems launch later this fall, iPhone Mirroring is now available to developers testing iOS 18 beta 2 and macOS Sequoia beta 2. Users are cautioned against installing these betas on primary devices due to stability issues, such as poor battery life and overheating, reported by testers.

Source: TechCrunch


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