The latest beta release of iOS 11.2.5 was released this week and according to a recent report from 9to5Mac, buried in the release is the ability for Siri to read the news headlines, and if the news relates to a podcast from iTunes, it’ll then play that podcast. This feature has been a main staple of the Amazon Echo and Alexa, the line of Echo speakers have long been able to read news headlines, the Echo Show can even show you a video snippet from a news channel, but Apple’s Siri has long been playing catchup in terms of reliability and the capability.
It has been mentioned this week that the addition of the news feature is to prepare for the imminent release of the delayed HomePod, such a feature is a must really for a smart, connected speaker. a
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