Apple surprises devs with fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta

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Apple just released a new iOS beta.
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It took Apple nearly no time to go from beta 4 to beta 5 on the latest update for iOS 11 that’s currently in development.

Developers were surprised to receive iOS 11.2.5 beta 5 this morning, just two days after Apple released the last beta build full of bug fixes and performance improvements for the iPhone and iPad.

Registered developers can download the new beta iOS 11.2.5 beta directly from the Apple developer center. It can also be installed as over-the-air updates once you download the proper installation file from Apple to your iPhone or iPad.

What’s inside?

iOS 11.2.5 contains mostly minor changes. There is one new feature though that allows Siri to play news podcasts when you ask her about news events. The feature works with The Washington Post by default. You can also switch it to CNN, Fox, or NPR.

Most of the other changes are under-the-hood. The last major iOS update — iOS 11.2 — brought Apple Pay Cash to the masses. Apple also promised to rollout iCloud support for iMessage by the end of 2017, but we’re still waiting on it here in 2018.