Apple has officially seeded the second developer and public beta of iOS 11.3. It comes with a number of improvements and inclusions which didn’t make it into the official release.
From those inclusions, the most interesting is that we’ve learned about a new developer-facing framework called ClassKit.
Out into life, Apple ready to add new frameworks into its iOS SDK for developers to use and take advantage of. Every single app that you see in the App Store, which can be downloaded and use daily. Are also based on Apple’s framework in one way or another, such as ARKit, Sirikit, or even just the base-level UIKit. When diving into the features list, we have learned that there is something that has been included in the initial iOS 11.3 release, and that has been described below.
The iOS SDK is literally packed full of these frameworks designed to expose different functionality to developers, such as location and mapping, image and video rendering, and now, educational content thanks to the new introduction of ClassKit.
The release of iOS 11.3 beta 2 brings in the new ClassKit framework for educational purposes. Here is an initial glance into that framework courtesy of 9to5Mac, as well as taking into account Apple’s naming convention for the ClassKit. It seems to suggest that it’s going to be marketed directly at developers and educational institutes who are building iPhone and iPad apps for education.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been an in-depth proportion of the new framework just yet to see what exactly it contains and the APIs that it will ultimately expose to developers. But the first glance to look at by developer Guilherme Rambo suggests that it will allow apps to give tests and evaluation features to students and teachers as well as have limitations in place that will essentially lock the student into a kiosk mode.
Currently, Apple is yet to market this new ClassKit framework publicly or at any media-facing events, meaning that the company doesn’t actually seem ready to make its existence common-knowledge. However, when its fully ready, we can be sure that Apple will be more keen to promote this as heavily as possible due to its ongoing commitments to improving global education through the use of online technology.
Also in iOS 11.3 beta, device owners are finally taking back greater control over the battery and power management settings on their devices, as top promised by Tim Cook.
You can now download iOS 11.3 beta 2 right immediately to experience what’s new in the firmware. As soon as more information becomes available regarding ClassKit we will be sure to let you know via post update.
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