At the beginning the month, along with a new seed of iOS 11.2.5’s developer beta, it was revealed that Siri had a new trick: Playing podcasts when asked about the daily news.
With the feature, asking Siri about the news that day would have the digital personal assistant bring up podcasts from sources like NPR, CNN, and others. At the time, it was billed as a feature that would help make the HomePod, Apple’s first smart speaker, mix in with the competition. And, while that might still be the case, the feature is actually rolling out well in advance of the smart speaker’s arrival.
The feature has been spotted by current iOS 11.2.2 users, as first reported by MacRumors, with a variety of users pointing out that asking Siri about the news of the day via the “Hey, Siri” voice command, podcasts will begin to play. The default source appears to be NPR, according to the report, but you can ask Siri to play content from CNN or The Washington Post, if you are so inclined.
It is based on local support, though. So if you are in the United Kingdom, the podcast support will launch Sky News, BBC, and LBC.
As of right now, it appears that the new daily podcast feature is available in iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.2 (the most up-to-date version of the mobile OS), and it is still present in the iOS 11.2.5 beta as well.
This is a welcomed feature, especially for the HomePod whenever Apple gets around to launching the smart speaker. For the folks who use Siri on a regular basis on their device(s), getting a quick rundown of the daily news via podcast should be a nice addition from this point on.
Is this something you’ll use?