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.

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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

Source: 9to5Mac

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