Apple recently seeded iOS 15.2 beta 3 and tvOS 15.2 beta 3 to developers. In the code of the latest beta updates, 9to5Mac has discovered evidence of a new “SportsKit” framework for iOS and tvOS apps.
Rumor mills claim that Apple is building a sports segment on Apple TV+ video like live streaming of sports events. Reportedly, the company was in talks with PAC-12, and NFL. In 2020, the former head of Amazon Prime Video’s sports division join the Apple TV team, and recently, the former president of ESPN was hired to produce documentaries for Apple TV+.
The new “SportsKit” is integrated with the Apple TV app, Siri, and more
As per the report, references to “SportsKit” were firstly found in iOS 15.2 beta 1 released in October. Although there are not many details known about the upcoming framework, it is discovered that SportsKit will be integrated with the Apple TV app, Siri, and home screen widgets. Its widget will display real-time updates of sports matches.
There aren’t many details about this framework yet, as it’s probably still under development, but we can tell that it’s integrated with the Apple TV app, Siri, and even home screen widgets. The “SportsKit” home screen widget includes the ability to receive real-time updates of sports matches.
9to5Mac also mentions that the new SportsKit’s API is private and it will not be available for all developers.
One thing to keep in mind about this API is that SportsKit is currently being developed as a private framework, meaning the feature won’t be available to every developer – which makes sense since sports-related content usually requires special deals and Apple might have to work directly with providers.
Furthermore, the new iOS 15.2 beta 3 includes bug fixes of high CPU and battery drainage issues of the Music app and the unsuccessful import of vaccination records to the Wallet app. It also includes a new feature to bulk edit tags in the Reminder app. And the tvOS 15.2 beta 3 includes under-the-hood bug fixes but its last beta 2 update included a fix for continuous automatic renewal of expired subscriptions.