Apple will refresh Podcasts interface, search later this year

Fans of using the default podcast app on Apple’s iPhone will appreciate a refreshed user interface and a new set of features in the next iOS iteration. On Monday, Apple said the Podcasts app will offer a new “Now Playing” and “Queue” experience for streamers who listen to their favorite audio shows through the app. The refresh replaces the card-based user interface that has been around for several years (a throwback to when Apple Music first launched) with a full-screen user interface that offers dynamic backgrounds, enhanced show and episode album art, and a better way of queuing new episodes. Within iOS 17, podcast listeners can tap a “Playing Next” button to see which episode will play after the current one ends. From there, they can add an episode by pressing the “More” menu or by pressing and holding on to an episode and tapping “Add to Queue.” Chapters can also be accessed from the Playing Next menu for podcasts that support that feature. The Podcasts app will also support individual episode art across the entire ‘iOS experience’, with cover art appearing on the Lock Screen, Control Center, within Up Next on the Listen Now screen. Episodes aren’t automatic — they have to be supported by podcast creators, but adding them involves just a few extra steps (and some third-party apps like PocketCasts even support episode artwork, too, so the concept is starting to catch on).  Better Search & Subscription Management User interface and experience enhancements aren’t the only new…Apple will refresh Podcasts interface, search later this year

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