It’s time for yet another official iOS 11 update, following a couple of weeks of beta testing, and by far the most important feature addition is HomePod support. That’s right, if you’re planning to order Apple’s first ever smart speaker starting this Friday, you’ll need to download and install iOS 11.2.5 on a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch 6th generation.
That way, you should be able to easily “set up and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings” to the new $349 HomePod.
Nowhere near as pivotal as the original iOS 11.2 update, which was released back in early December, platform build 11.2.5 does skip a few numbers in following the Spectre-mitigating iOS 11.2.2 of early January.
Hence, you shouldn’t be surprised to see a whole bunch of fresh bug fixes and general stability improvements brought to the table today, including solutions for widely reported issues with the Phone app, Mail notifications and CarPlay.
The latest changelog doesn’t explicitly mention that pesky “chaiOS” vulnerability being addressed, but apparently, it was no longer a problem in the final beta, so we have every reason to think it’s a thing of the past.
What iOS 11.2.5 obviously doesn’t include is the ability for owners of old iPhones to turn performance throttling off at the risk of unexpected device shutdowns. That’s probably something that will come as part of a larger 11.3 update. On the bright side, Siri can now read the news, and all you have to do is ask.