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Apple Releases iOS 11.2.5 to the Public with HomePod Compatibility and Daily Siri Briefings

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Apple today released an update to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in the form of iOS 11.2.5. The update is free to download. To install it on your device, head over to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap “Download and install” next to the iOS 11.2.5 listing and you’ll be good to go. I recommend jumping on a Wi-Fi network first alongside plugging in your device beforehand as a) you don’t want data overcharges on your bill and b) you don’t want your phone or tablet to die during the installation process.

iOS 11.2.5 includes support for the HomePod (launching February 9th) and support for a new feature found in Siri. By saying to the assistant, “Hey Siri, give me the news,” you’ll be given a news briefing from a daily podcast of your choosing. By default, The Washington Post is selected, although you can also choose Fox News, CNN, or NPR.

Alongside the daily podcast briefing, Siri will also read headlines pulled from the default News app in iOS. It can also read content from ESPN and NBC for sports, CNBC and Bloomberg for business, and Apple Music/Zane Lowe for music news. It’s a sort of cheap way of providing the news for those that like to catch up during the day, but I assume it’ll improve over time and likely after the HomePod has had time to sit on the market.

In other news, iOS 11.2.5 also includes bug fixed and stability improvements. We’ll let you know of any other notable improvements.

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