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HomePod will receive OTA updates through the Home app

Details continue to trickle out preceding the widespread launch of the HomePod next week. We’ve now a clear picture on how the HomePod will receive updates. 

How to use Siri News on iPhone & iPad

Turning on the radio in the morning to catch up on events is so last century: Siri can serve up local podcast-based audio news reports when asked about daily news via one of the supported hands-free methods. Here’s how to use Siri News.

iOS 11.2.5 release notes & all the security fixes

Check out the official release notes from Apple covering all the new features, bug fixes and security patches in the iOS 11.2.5 software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iOS 11.2.5 is here, go download it right now

Apple has released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11.2.5. Anyone running iOS 11 on their device can download the software as an over-the-air update.

Although Apple usually saves the significant feature updates for single-digit iterations (like iOS 11.2 or 11.3), iOS 11.2.5 does bring at least one new feature, according to pre-release developer versions of iOS 11.2.5. The new feature adds functionality to Siri, who can now offer up daily news podcasts when you ask about current news headlines. At launch, it appears that Siri will tap into news from the Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, or NPR.

The new Siri feature is only activated when you trigger Siri using Hey Siri, or by pushing the button on a pair of headphones or AirPods — in essence, any time that you’re not looking at your device’s screen. The feature will also likely be a big component of news on Apple’s shiny new HomePod, which has Siri functionality but no screen.

Apart from the new Siri audio feature, it appears that iOS 11.2.5 has the usual list of bug fixes and security features. We’re still going through the release notes for iOS 11.2.5, and we’ll update when the full changes have been examined.

To apply the update, you need to be on a device already running iOS 11. You should also be connected to Wi-Fi, and be either connected to a charger or have greater than 50% battery life remaining. Assuming you’ve done all that, just go to Settings–>General–>Software Update, and your device should prompt you to download and install the update.

A fix for ChaiOS Messages bug will arrive next week

Apple says that a fix for the “text bomb” bug that has been plaguing users can be expected next week, likely as part of the iOS 11.2.5 software update which is currently being tested.