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Apple releases fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta for iPhone and iPad is here

Apple has released the fifth beta release of the upcoming iOS 11.2.5 update for developers and public beta testers. It will be released just days after the fourth beta release and the release of iOS 11.2.2.2, an update designed to defuse a major hardware-based vulnerability called "Specter

Registered Developers may download the beta version of iOS 11.2.5 through the Apple Developer Center or Over-The-Air as soon as possible the appropriate configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center public beta testers can over-the-air the beta version if they do have installed appropriate profile on their iOS device.

iOS 11.2.5 introduces a new feature that allows Siri to play daily news podcasts when asked for the latest news. Siri offers Washington Post news by default, but you can also choose to switch to Fox News, CNN, or NPR. However, this feature currently seems reserved for US users. We did not get them to work, at least in this country.

The new Audio News feature, apparently designed for use with Apple's upcoming HomePod speaker, is called when the user uses "Hey Siri" or asks Siri for the news and uses CarPlay or a pair of connected headphones. The feature seems to be for situations where the user can not look at the screen of their iOS device. When you enable Siri using the page key or the Home button on a device, Apple News headlines appear instead of audio-based news highlights.

It's not clear what other new features will be included in the iOS 11.2.5 beta. No visible changes were discovered in the first four iOS 11.2.5 betas, so it is possible that this is mainly focused on bug fixes and security enhancements.

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