apple today announcement that iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4 and macOS 13.3 will include several new features for its Podcasts app on iPhone, iPad, Mac and CarPlay. The software updates were released in beta today and will be available to the public in the spring.

First, a new Channels menu in the Podcasts app will provide a list of podcast channels in one place on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. A channel allows a creator or brand to list all of their podcasts in one place for listeners to easily discover.

Second, the Up Next queue will now include episodes listeners have saved to their library and episodes they stream from shows they don’t follow:

For example, when a listener plays an episode of a show before deciding to watch it, that episode will now stay in Up Next until the listener finishes it, marks it as played, or deletes it. New episodes of watched shows and recently recorded episodes will appear at the top of the Up Next queue while episodes that listeners have started and older recorded episodes will appear near the end. The latest episodes of recently watched shows appear at the start of Up Next. Additionally, episodes ranked with a “bonus” episode type will appear in Up Next.

Users will also soon have more tools to manage Up Next. For example, they can press and hold a show’s artwork to remove it from the queue.

Third, users will be able to see how many unread episodes are available to them at the top of each show page, identify “early access” subscriber episodes that are made available to them as part of their Apple Podcasts subscriptions. , and more.

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Fourth, iOS 16.4 includes improvements to the Podcasts app for CarPlay, including access to Up Next and Recently Played queues from Listen Now in CarPlay. And in the Browse tab, there are now editorially curated podcast recommendations.

More details and additional changes can be found in the “What’s new for Apple Podcastsblog post shared on Apple’s website.

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