iOS 11.2.5 Changes, Release Notes, Security Content And More: Here’s What Is New

Now that the iOS 11.2.5 final version out, here are the official release notes, changes and other security content details available for you to know about.

With iOS 11.2.5 release, an active iPhone or iPad owner already be aware that Apple has released the final IPSW / OTA update to the general public after having the iOS 11.2.5 firmware in a pre-release state for multiple betas.

According to Apple’s release notes, the iOS 11.2.5 update introduces support for the HomePod, which will be released on Friday, February 9. It also said that it brings fixes for several bugs in CarPlay, Messages, and Mail. Although the update includes audio-based podcast news delivered via Siri.

What exactly can those device owners expect to receive and gain from the installation of iOS 11.2.5? It has been intimated that iOS 11.2.5 is a mere relatively minor bugfix release, with earlier version numbers being kept for any emergency fixes or patches, such as those found in iOS 11.2.2. However, iOS 11.2.5 is an interesting proposition as it’s not all about under-the-hood performance and minor patches.

As aforementioned, iOS 11.2.5 update brings podcast news feature which is an audio-based news delivered via Siri. You can ask Siri to play generic news sourced from NPR, Fox News, The Washington Post, or CNN, but you can also ask for news specific to topics like Sports, Music, and Business.

With iOS 11.2.5 final, Apple has officially fixed that cahiOS bug which has been affecting devices around the world as more people find out about it, on iPhone and iPad hardware, meaning that it can now successfully render the malicious URLs without issue.

But unfortunately, Apple has for some reason hasn’t mentioned it in the release notes even though the company confirmed last week that iOS 11.2.5 contains that fix for it.

In Control Center, the iOS 11.2.5 update brings a new layout for audio controls. When accessing the music widget on an iPhone or iPad, when you 3D Touch or press on the icon in the upper right-hand side, all available audio playback sources are now listed as separate titles. Tapping on one of the audio sources, such as an Apple TV, allows audio to be played on the device and controlled separately from the iPhone.

Using the same feature, you can simply listen to music files on a device, like the Apple TV, without interfering with audio playing on the iPhone. As mentioned, iOS 11.2.5 appears to address a bug that allowed a malicious link to freeze the Messages app on iOS devices. As of the sixth beta, the link in question no longer affects the Messages app.

Alongside all the nuts and bolts of this release, Apple has done a wonderful job of improving stability, offering under-the-hood improvements, and even fixing a fair amount and extremely niggling bug in the form of a patch for chaiOS. In addition to adding support for HomePod and full-featured Siri News (initially added in 11.2.2).

Full release notes for the iOS 11.2.5 update are below:

HomePod support

– Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod.

Siri News

– Siri can now read the news, just ask, “Hey Siri, play the news”. You can also ask for specific news categories including Sports, Business or Music.

Other improvements and fixes

– Addresses an issue that could cause the Phone app to display incomplete information in the call list
– Fixes an issue that caused Mail notifications from some Exchange accounts to disappear from the Lock screen when unlocking iPhone X with Face ID
– Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order
– Fixes an issue in CarPlay where Now Playing controls become unresponsive after multiple track changes
– Adds ability for VoiceOver to announce playback destinations and AirPod battery level

Apple is also supposed to be releasing an iCloud Messages feature that was pulled ahead of the iOS 11 release. But there is no sign of the feature in iOS 11.2.5. Also promised that new, more extensive details about battery life will be coming in early 2018. Those new tools are also missing from iOS 11.2.5, so we may instead see them in the next iOS update, maybe in iOS 1.0.3?

As for security content details of iOS 11.2.5, Apple says:

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