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.
Apple's Siri voice assistant is available on the iPod touch 5th generation and later models.
Siri can be accessed by long pressing the home button, and asking a question through headphones or the built-in microphone.
The latest update to iOS dropped last week, with Apple releasing iOS 11.1.1 to the general public. While the update is minor, for some iPhone owners the install takes on greater importance. The main problem, which is fixed by iOS 11.1.1 revolves around the keyboard and auto-correct. On some devices, iOS users can't type the letter "i" at all. The keyboard automatically replaces "i" with a strange character, sometimes appearing as an "A" followed by a question mark symbol.
Siri has made great strides in its capabilities and understanding of natural language. However, there will always be proper names without intuitive pronunciations. These names can trip up humans just as much as Siri. The good news is that Siri can learn the correct pronunciation with a little bit of help. There are two ways to fix a pronunciation on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Siri has come a long way since the iPhone 4s. She can now be a He, and with iOS 11 and later she is even a bigger part of your iPhone. Siri is more than just your personal voice assitant, she can also be your personal DJ, make smarter suggestions in other apps, and add suggested arrival times to your QuickType keyboard. You can also now give Siri an American, British or Australian accent. Here's how: