The recent iOS 11.2.5 update added new functionality to your iPhone’s personal assistant. Now, other than calling, translating, changing settings and answering your questions, Siri will play the latest news for you as well. And don’t worry, you won’t actually have to listen to Siri’s snarky voice reading out the news. Siri will play short daily news audio clips from various reputable publications.
Earlier today, Apple announced that the HomePod will go up for pre-order this Friday and release on February 9. The press release also revealed some new features of the HomePod and the delayed release of multi-room audio and stereo support.
While iOS 11.2.5 was still in beta, and ahead of the public launch of the HomePod, it was discovered that Siri was learning a new trick: The ability to play podcast content centered around the news of the day.
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.
If you are a fan of podcasts, and want a quick daily rundown, then a new feature baked into Siri and the newest (and still in beta) version of iOS should be a welcomed addition.
Apple has expanded the way to interact with Siri since its inception, and now word is there might be another way coming down the pipe.
Apple seems to be planning to upgrade Siri with iOS 11.2 to ensure that it is able to recognise certain commands even when offline. As discovered by a Reddit user, Siri on iOS 11.2 beta 3 appears smart enough to be able to recognise commands like “play”, “pause” etc. while playing music even when your iPhone is not connected to the internet.
SiriKit was introduced alongside iOS 10, and now it will be implemented with the upcoming smart speaker, the HomePod.
Back in July, Apple launched a new journal to detail its efforts in machine learning and other areas, letting researchers talk about their work out in the open.
Siri is one of Apple’s most important features, with the digital personal assistant present not just on iOS devices, but now on Macs, the Apple Watch, and the company’s first smart speaker, the HomePod.