Apple has added news reading functions to Siri ahead of the upcoming HomePod release. While this feature will be a great way to catch up on the latest happenings with a HomePod in the room, anyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can enjoy the feature, too. Siri can now deliver several types of news stories from several news sources, all in a hands-free audio format.
Like the Music app, the Podcasts app includes a Sleep Timer for those who enjoy listening to their favorite shows before bed. You can set the timer to end in 5-minute increments or for when an episode ends. Setting up the timer is super easy. Here's how:
Check out this week's tips to get the most out of your fourth-generation Apple TV. You can easily find live TV with Siri's help, or travel to an exotic location without leaving the couch. However, redeeming Apple gift cards will require an iPhone, iPad or a trip to iTunes on the computer. Discover new podcasts with the free app Aurora, and maximize your Miitomo rewards with a few simple tricks.
If you’re like millions of iPhone users, you love a good podcast. Once a pretty niche industry, podcasts are quickly replacing audiobooks and music playlists as the default form of audio entertainment on the go. The way things are going in the podcasting world, your favorite author is as likely to have a podcast as your next-door neighbor is.
If you go into your Podcasts app on your iPhone or iPad and take a look at a title, you'll see an option to "Subscribe." If you subscribe, that simply means that the most recent episode will be downloaded into your "My Podcasts" section. While you are subscribed, new episodes will download to "My Podcasts" automatically as soon as they are available. If you don't want to subscribe you can always download individual podcasts by tapping the download icon (the cloud with a down arrow).