iOS 11.2.5 will bring with it a feature for Siri that anyone who has used an Amazon Echo will be familiar with: the news briefing. While it works differently from Amazon's offering, this news briefing is a great way to catch up on the day's news without needing to scroll through your phone.
Here's a rundown of what news briefings are and how to use them.
What are Siri news briefs?
With iOS 11.2.5, you'll be able to ask Siri give you a news brief from one of a few available sources. These briefs come through the iOS Podcasts app, offering news rundown shows provided by NPR, The Washington Post, Fox News, and CNN. Each news brief is actually the latest episode in a daily news podcast offered by those news organizations.
Siri will only offer a news brief from a single source, which by default appears to be NPR for now. However, you can ask Siri to change your news source to one of the other three available services if you choose.
How to get Siri to play a news brief
Getting Siri to play a news brief is as simple as asking it to. However, note that you'll need to use the "Hey Siri" command, rather than holding down your Home button (or side button on iPhone X), as holding the button will have Siri show you headlines found in the News app.
- Say "Hey Siri, give me the news" to start your briefing.
- Say "Hey Siri, switch to [choose one: Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, or NPR] to switch between the available briefing services.
Tap Open Podcasts to be taken to the Podcasts app and the show to which you're currently listening.
If you have any more questions about Siri news briefs, let us know in the comments.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
On Apple and the FBI regarding privacy, from San Bernardino to Pensacola
We compare two of the most high-profile Apple news stories in recent memory.
Apple and Google accused of using market dominance to cripple competition
Sonos, Tile, Basecamp and PopSockets have all testified to a House antitrust committee, stating that big tech firms like Amazon, Apple and Google used their market dominance and bullying business tactics to crush competition.
Apple signs multi-year Apple TV+ deal with Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfous
Apple has signed a multi-year deal with Julia Louise-Dreyfus, formerly of Saturday Night Live and Seinfeld.
Have an Apple TV? You need a great TV to pair with it
The key to getting a great TV for your Apple TV is by getting a fantastic TV all around! Whether you have a big budget, small budget, lots of space, or no space, there's a perfect TV just waiting to be hooked up to your Apple TV.