With the launch of iOS 11, Apple made a distinct change with the way messages, and other content, is displayed on the lock screen of an iOS device.
Apple started selling its first smart speaker, the HomePod, earlier this year. And while the device’s sound performance was heralded all over the place, one of its major drawbacks for many reviewers and users was tied specifically to the company’s digital personal assistant, Siri.
Back in 2011, before Apple unveiled Siri to the world, speculation was rampant that Apple’s new “assistant feature” would be “world changing”.
A couple of years back, the iPhone felt like it was just constantly attached to you. It would never be more than a couple of feet from you. But now that we’ve got iPads, Apple Watches and AirPods, the iPhone now acts as a “base station” for all our connected devices. This means that it’s really easy to lose track of where your iPhone is. It’s somewhere in your home or office, but where exactly? Usually, you spend a couple of minutes frantically looking for your iPhone before heading out the door. Now, you can just use Siri to find out where your iPhone.
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.