Apple's Suppliers Start Shipping The New Apple HomePod

The feature is likely prep for Apple's upcoming HomePod.                  James Martin  CNET

The feature is likely prep for Apple's upcoming HomePod. James Martin CNET

But if you activate Siri by using the Home button and ask for the news update then it will show you the text-based news instead of audio. Perhaps you'd like to start your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and the voices of your favorite news reporters. So far the United Kingdom and Australia are confirmed, but there could be other countries the feature is also live in.

Apple today released the sixth beta of iOS 11.2.5 for testing on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. But users can ask Siri to switch the news source from Fox News, CNN, or The Washington Post. Previously, it would simply give you news search results.

The feature was clearly designed for the HomePod, but Apple is rolling it out to all iOS users ahead of the HomePod's release sometime in the next few months. There were, however, some changes since the beta.

The new feature is being primarily developed for Apple's upcoming HomePod speakers, the report stated. In the meantime, give it a try for yourself by asking Siri to play you the news. Having tested them both at some length, the ability to get a quick news update first thing in the morning is arguable one of the strongest selling points for introducing them into your daily routine. As if to reinforce that theory, these news podcasts can't be found anywhere else, either on Apple Podcasts or Apple Music Radio.

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