Apple has been seeding the latest release of iOS to developers and public beta testers for weeks, and now the public launch has finally arrived.
Apple today officially released iOS 11.2.5, the newest and most up-to-date version of the mobile operating system. This is a minor update in the grand scheme of things, but the new software does include vital fixes under-the-hood that most iOS device owners should want to download as soon as possible.
The biggest fix is a patch for the “chaiOS” bug that was discovered earlier this month. This particular bug was tied to iMessage, and, if a recipient received a specific link to a Github page, the Messages app would freeze for quite a long while, and, in some cases, even force the iOS device to respring completely. The iMessage bug also affects macOS High Sierra. The update to iOS 11.2.5 should fix the issue for both platforms.
iOS 11.2.5 is now available for owners of supported devices. To update, simply open the Settings App –> General — Software Update and then follow the onscreen instructions from there.
This is another minor update in a long list of minor updates for the iOS platform ever since Apple launched iOS in September of last year. Apple launched iOS 11.2.2 to the public in early January in an effort to patch the Spectre vulnerability.
It is unknown at the time of publication if this will be the last update for iOS 11, but there are still some features that the company announced last year, including “Messages in Cloud,” which takes advantage of iCloud for better Messages syncing between devices, that have not yet launched.
Here is the official changelog for iOS 11.2.5:
- Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod.
- Siri can now read the news, just ask, “Hey Siri, play the news”. You can also ask for specific news categories including Sports, Business or Music.
Other improvements and fixes
- Addresses an issue that could cause the Phone app to display incomplete information in the call list
- Fixes an issue that caused Mail notifications from some Exchange accounts to disappear from the Lock screen when unlocking iPhone X with Face ID
- Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order
- Fixes an issue in CarPlay where Now Playing controls become unresponsive after multiple track changes
- Adds ability for VoiceOver to announce playback destinations and AirPod battery level
You can download iOS 11.2.5 right now.