Apple Unveils iOS 11.2.5, Adding Support for HomePod and Siri Audio News

By Paul Riegler on 23 January 2018
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Apple released on Monday iOS 11.2.5, the tenth update to the iOS 11 mobile operating system that first made its debut in September 2017.

The new iOS version adds support for Apple’s much delayed HomePod Siri-enabled speaker, which is set to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Users will be able to automatically transfer Apple Music, Siri, and Wi-Fi settings as well as the user’s Apple ID to the device. HomePod speakers should be in the hands of customers by February 9.

The update adds support for audio podcast-based news programs to be delivered via a request to Siri. Sources include NPR, CNN, and the Washington Post. The news service is available only for the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia at the present time.

Apple has also updated Control Center, adding a new layout for audio controls with easier access to all available audio playback sources via 3D Touch. This will allow users to control multiple audio sources that are active from an iPhone or iPad.

Finally, the update will fix a problem where a malicious link causes the Messages app to freeze up as well as a bug in CarPlay in which Now Playing controls would become unresponsive after multiple track changes.

Apple also released watchOS 4.2.2 and tvOS 11.2.5, both incorporating minor bug fixes.

The update is free for all compatible devices, including newer iPhones and iPads. To update, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update and follow the instructions there.

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