Along with a variety of new features and improvements in iOS 14.5, the Apple Podcasts app will now automatically show the release schedule of upcoming episodes. Although other podcast apps like Pocketcasts and Overcasts already display release information, it is not provided by the podcast’s creator and apps use the creator’s previous episodes’ release pattern to find the release date of the next episode.
The podcast genre is gradually becoming a popular audio-files medium. Therefore, music streaming services like Spotify and Apple are building their podcast catalogs to attract subscribers. Recently, Apple Podcasts introduced a new ‘True Line’ true-crime series on the service, ‘kids and Family’ podcasts, Spotlight editorials to highlight the work of rising creators, and more.
Apple Podcasts will automatically display the release date of new episodes
9to5Mac reports that the automated release schedule, weekly, monthly, or daily, is now live on the app on iOS 14.5 beta.
Before iOS 14.5, the Apple Podcasts app did not attempt to guess this information at all, so it is nice to see that Apple is catching up here. However, Apple’s implementation of this feature seems to be a bit unreliable. While 9to5Mac Daily is correctly marked as daily, the 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast is listed as “Biweekly” even though episodes of that show have been released on a consistent weekly basis for more than five years. Many other popular weekly podcasts also appear incorrectly labeled as “Biweekly.”
(The phrase “Biweekly” is also ambiguous in English, and can mean either twice a week or every two weeks, so it’s not the best adjective to use either.)
Apple Podcasts app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and iPod touch and requires iOS 10.0 or later.