Today’s releases of Apple’s operating systems, iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, and macOS 13.3, bring various new features for the Podcasts app that can be used on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Mac, even in CarPlay.
To begin, a new Channels menu has been added to the Podcasts app on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This menu compiles a list of podcast channels into a single location. A creator or brand can include all of their podcasts in a single location so that listeners can find them more easily if they do so via a channel.
Second, the Up Next queue now includes episodes that users have already downloaded to their Library as well as episodes that users have played from programs that they do not follow:
For instance, if a user plays an episode of a show before deciding whether or not to follow the show, the episode will continue to appear in the Up Next section of the app until the user either finish it, marks it as played, or deletes it. New episodes from following shows and recently saved episodes will be displayed at the top of the Up Next queue. Episodes that listeners have already begun playing and older saved episodes will be displayed toward the end of the queue. The most recent episodes of shows you have recently followed are displayed at the beginning of Up Next. Moreover, episodes that are classified as a “bonus” episode type will be displayed in the Up Next section.
Also, users now have more tools to control Up Next. For instance, customers can touch and hold the artwork for the show to remove a program from the queue.
Finally, users may now identify “early access” subscriber episodes made accessible to them as part of their Apple Podcasts subscriptions, check the number of unplayed episodes available at the top of each show page, and more.
Fourthly, iOS 16.4 introduces improvements to the Podcasts app for CarPlay. These improvements include accessing the Up Next and Recently Played queues from the Listen Now screen in CarPlay. Moreover, the Browse tab now has the editorial team’s podcast recommendations.
More information is available in the post titled “What’s new for Apple Podcasts,” which can be accessed on the website of Apple.