There was a time when you needed both hands to read the news. Nowadays we have other options, such as podcasts for daily commutes and, more recently, Siri’s helpful voice. Apple’s iOS 11.2.5 update has come with this always-on hands-free news reading feature.
This feature is only supported in the US, UK, and Australia for now. Here’s how to use it.
How to Get Daily News Briefs With Siri
Siri’s news briefs come through the iOS Podcasts app. If you uninstalled it in favor of a third-party podcast app like Casts or Stitcher, you’ll have to reinstall it. Once ready, here’s how to ask Siri for the news:
- Use the “Hey Siri” command and don’t hold down the Home button to start Siri.
- Say “Hey Siri, give me the news” (or even “Hey Siri, play the news”) to activate Siri for the news briefing. You can listen to sports, music, and business news. You can also switch between news sources with “Hey Siri, switch to [name of news source].”
- You can tap on the Open Podcasts button to go to the app and explore the other playlists there.
The most popular news sources are NPR, The Washington Post, Fox News, and CNN in the US. For UK, BBC and Sky News are two of the better options. Again, remember to use the voice command instead of holding down the Home or side button (on iPhone X) because the latter only brings up headlines from the News app.
The audio-based news podcast is a precursor to Apple’s anticipated HomePods. Amazon Echo and Google Home with their voice assistants are already a step ahead but Apple is known to come up with a burst of speed.
Will this update to Siri make you change your news listening habits?