The latest iOS 11 release of the update, iOS 11.2.5, has some interesting and useful features to take a look at. One of them is a support for the upcoming smart speaker HomePod, which must be on February 9.
It is also important to mention that Siri received some major updates for its podcast-based audio news. Now, if you ask Siri about the latest news, your personal digital assistant will provide you with information from the best sources, such as FOX, CNN or The New York Times. Moreover, you can ask for a specific content, like sports podcasts from ESPN, if you missed some sports news.
Siri podcast feature is available for users from the United States, Australia, and the UK, since the HomePod is going to be launched there first. The main language of provided content by Siri will be English.
To continue with the description of major changes, we can outline a new layout for audio controls. Now, you can see the available music sources by pressing your 3D Touch or on the icon in the upper right hand side. They will be listed separately.
You can control these audio sources by a simple tap, for example, from your Apple TV. At the same time, this control is available through your iPhone and these both actions will not interfere each other.
Other small changes in iOS 11.2.5
To summarize the update, we also present you some small changes. Mainly, these changes are designed to fix some issues in Mail, Messages, and CarPlay. The following notes are from the Apple’s official release:
- Fixes an issue that could cause the Phone app to display incorrect information in the call list;
- Fixes an issue that caused Mail notifications from some Exchange accounts to be removed from the Lock Screen;
- Fixes an issue in CarPlay regarding “Now Playing” controls that were unresponsive after multiple track changes.
If you want to update your iOS to the latest 11.2.5 version, go to your Settings > General > Software update.