Apple has actually added a number of features to its Podcasts app in the 3rd beta of iOS 14.6, apparently in an attempt to resolve a few of the useability problems presented in iOS 14.5.
MacRumors factor Steve Moser identified the Podcasts app modifications in iOS 14.6 beta 3 and its source code, which include new features for marking all episodes as played, removing downloads, and recovering episodes.
Looks like Apple may let users access their “previous library” (pre- iOS 14.5) in Podcasts in iOS 14.6 beta 3.
— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) May 10, 2021
iOS 14.5 upgraded the Podcasts library so that all episodes of a program are now shown by default, which offered the impression to some users that hundreds of episodes stretching back years had been contributed to their libraries.
It is no longer possible to erase or get rid of specific episodes from the library in iOS 14.5, leaving users with the only choice of selecting “Hide Played Episodes” and after that manually marking every undesirable episode as played individually, one by one.
To make matters worse, users reported that numerous old episodes that had been listened to were not being marked as played properly, making the new episodes see frustrating even where the “Hide Played Episodes” option in Settings had actually been enabled.
Apples new “Mark All As Played” or “Mark All As Unplayed” options for programs in iOS 14.6 will assist users handle the multitude of episodes now relatively remaining in libraries, and will make it possible to hide old episodes from view when used with the “Hide Played Episodes” alternative.
In spite of this enhancement, users will still have to mark every episode of a podcast that they do not want to listen to as played in order to remove it from view. This is a specific annoyance when listening to podcast episodes in “earliest to latest” order. In addition, there is no longer the alternative to just keep a particular number of unplayed episodes of a show in the library.
In the iOS 14.6 beta, Apple also included the ability to remove all downloads in a single action, instead of requiring users to do this individually for each preferred episode. This might also assist some users that said the Podcasts app in iOS 14.5 was hemorrhaging mobile data by downloading all of the episodes that have actually now been moved straight into libraries.
The other new function in the Podcasts app associates with recuperating episodes in the Library. There are warns in iOS 14.6 for eliminating recuperated episodes, which recommends, although it was not visible within the code, that there might be an option to recover episodes.
It is unclear what specific function this serves, however it is affordable to hypothesize that it relates to recovering episodes of shows, probably ones that were not registered for, that were contributed to the library prior to iOS 14.5. These episodes are presently inaccessible under the design of the Podcasts app in iOS 14.5 due to the modifications to the method the library works.
Provided the raft of criticisms about the redesign of Apples Podcasts app in iOS 14.5, it is difficult to not see these modifications as a purposeful effort to go some method to remedy these issues. Even so, there still appears to be more work to do on the Podcasts app to fully attend to users problems about bugs and sorting episodes in the library.
In spite of this improvement, users will still have to mark every episode of a podcast that they do not desire to listen to as played in order to eliminate it from view. This is a particular nuisance when listening to podcast episodes in “earliest to most recent” order. In addition, there is no longer the option to only keep a specific number of unplayed episodes of a show in the library.