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Apple readies Siri for the HomePod by adding a podcast-powered news brief

The HomePod had a bit of a notable product setback, back in December, but Apple’s high-end smart orator is still on track for the purposes of an “early 2018 ” release. As it preps for the liberate of its first Siri-focused machine, the company is inducing some tweaks to its voice helper. As 9to5Mac first noted, the most recent beta version of iOS( 11.2.5) sports a new report feature.

“Hey Siri, give me the news” will pop up one of a select few podcasts. It’s similar to aspects currently offered by Amazon and Alexa and Google Assistant. By default( and likely much to the embarrassment of certain high-ranking politicians ), the system offers up The Washington Post’s audio news read.

But before you go exclaiming “fake news, ” keep in mind, you also can switch to Fox News, NPR or CNN, so perhaps you’ll find something in there that adheres more closely to your world view. More selections will no doubt follow soon.

Interestingly, the aspect is written specifically for usage when you don’t have a display in front of you, like CarPlay and the aforementioned HomePod. This is clearly an attempt to fulfill Siri’s stated goal of using the best potential interface technique for any scenario. In other words, it’s probably just as easy to read a tale or make play on a podcast when you’ve got a screen handy. Without a visual cue, Siri has to guess at what kind of news you’re looking for.

Given the prevalence of smart assistant-driven hardware, it seems safe is of the view that more media stores will be adapting content to this voice-only input method. Publications are clearly hungry for any potential brand-new news platform.