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Massive Software Update of Apple’s Platforms: iOS 11.2.5 and Others

Erik Blandford,

Recently Apple has introduced a whole lot of updates for its main software platforms including iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS. All the platforms have received their share of improvements and got rid of annoying bugs.

No doubt, the most important of the updates is iOS 11.2.5 for iPhones and iPads. The upgrade has a somewhat mysterious name since its predecessor was called iOS 11.2.2, and so far, there is no explanation for that break of the number sequence. The new iOS features two important functions, namely the support for HomePod smart speaker and Siri’s ability to read the news (though not worldwide, but only for users in the US, GB and Australia).

Both improvements are logical and obvious. The reason to introduce support for the new HomePod smart speaker is very clear, as the smart speaker (whose release date is very close to that of the iOS 11.2.5) simply needs an appropriate OS support. The other feature allows the user to have Siri read the news just by saying, “Hey Siri, play the news”. To listen to a specific news area, you may ask a corresponding question on some items like business, music or sports.

Now the iOS 11.2.5 can be downloaded as an over-the-air update on your iPhone or iPad. There is an automatic prompt, but, if it does not work, just follow Settings > General > Software Update.

Unfortunately, the current security report about the iOS 11.2.5 looks mixed. A positive news is that the OS so far doesn’t have a massive problem affecting millions of devices. However, numerous isolated issues have been revealed.

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As a conclusion on the iOS 11.2.5, we could say that it doesn’t feature any very essential improvements (such as, for example, iOS 11.2.2 did), so most users have little reason to rush up and upgrade. Probably it would be wiser to wait for a while until the existing issues will be fixed. Maybe the only exception is the HomePod buyers who will need support from the iOS 11.2.5 just after their purchase of the new smart speaker.

The remaining upgrades (watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 and macOS 10.13.3) all focus on fixing security issues in their corresponding devices. Thus, it is certainly worthwhile to update High Sierra to macOS 10.13.3 version to resolve the bug previously revealed in iMessage as well as a couple of other issues associated with the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. And by upgrading your smartwatch to watchOS 4.2.2, you will get rid of various Apple Watch 3 problems.