Days before the new HomePod smart speaker goes on sale, Apple has rolled out the much anticipated iOS 11.2.5 update. Beta versions were rolling out quickly and the official version has hit iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices globally now.
The primary reason for this update is to add HomePod support for Apple’s other devices. The Apple HomePod smart speaker is releasing on February 9th, but goes on sale this coming Friday on January 26th.
While bug fixes and minor improvements are always a part of iOS updates. Apple has also addressed the following with the iOS 11.2.5 update:
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 destination and AirPod Battery Level
Not only is HomePod support touted to be a major part of the iOS 11.2.5 update, Apple has also added features to Siri. Apple users can now ask Siri to read the news for them, but the drawback is that this is only limited to the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
Apple has not mentioned users in other countries being able to use Siri to read the news with the iOS 11.2.5 update, yet.
Release build version of iOS 11.2.5 is 15D60. It is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch 6th Generation and beyond users around the globe.
How to Install the Latest iOS 11.2.5 Update?
Like with any other iOS update. All you have to do is go into Settings, head over to General and tap on Software Update. If your device is compatible with iOS 11 or is already running that version of the Apple OS, then updating shouldn’t be an issue.
After installing the iOS 11.2.5 update on our Apple iPads and iPhones, we didn’t notice any major performance differences. There is always an added stability with each iOS update and this wasn’t any different. The major update that we are waiting for in the near future is the ability to manage the iPhone battery performance toggling.
We are expecting that update to be released any time before the mid of 2018, well ahead of the new iPhone line-up.
What do you think about the latest iOS 11.2.5 update? Have you gotten a chance to update and experience it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.