Ap­ple re­leases IOS 11.2.5 with Homepod sup­port

Watchos 4.2.2 and tvos 11.2.5 have also been re­leased, ad­dress­ing mi­nor bugs, writes Ja­son Cross

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It’s time to up­date all your Ap­ple gear! A rel­a­tive mi­nor point re­lease up­date has just been re­leased for IOS, tvos, and watchos. When you get the time, you should up­date all your iphones, ipads, Ap­ple TVS, and Ap­ple Watches.

What’s new in IOS 11.2.5

You won’t find dra­matic changes or re­ally big new fea­tures in IOS 11.2.5, but it does add sup­port for

Homepod (com­ing Fe­bru­ary 9th) and the abil­ity for Siri to play au­dio news. That last one is a lit­tle odd, be­cause the fea­ture went live last week and worked fine on ear­lier ver­sions of IOS. Here’s what Ap­ple lists in the re­lease notes:

Homepod sup­port

• Setup and au­to­mat­i­cally trans­fer your Ap­ple ID,

Ap­ple Mu­sic, Siri and Wi-fi set­tings to Homepod.

Siri News

• 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

To up­date your iphone or ipad, open Set­tings, go to Gen­eral, then Soft­ware Up­date.

tvos 11.2.5

You won’t find big new fea­tures in tvos 11.2.5.

It’s just the stan­dard ‘bug fixes and per­for­mance im­prove­ments’. You can up­date your Ap­ple TV by open­ing Set­tings and go­ing to Soft­ware Up­date.

watchos 4.2.2

As with tvos, the lat­est re­lease of watchos fo­cuses on im­prove­ments and bug fixes and has no out­wardly vis­i­ble changes. Still, bug fixes are good and you should prob­a­bly grab this up­date.

To up­date your Ap­ple Watch, you’ll need to have at least 50 per­cent charge, have the watch on its charger, and within range of the iphone to which it is synced. Then, on the iphone, open the Watch app, se­lect Gen­eral, then Soft­ware Up­date.

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