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Apple issues Podcasts fixes in iOS 14.6 beta

Podcasts on iPhone 11 Pro
Podcasts on iPhone 11 Pro (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple really screwed up the Podcasts app with iOS 14.5.
  • It appears to have rectified some of these issues with the latest beta.
  • A new report says iOS 14.6 has returned the 'Remove downloads' and 'Mark all episodes as Played' buttons.

A new report says Apple has fixed some of the issues with the Podcasts app in the latest iOS 14 beta.

From MacRumors:

Apple has added a number of features to its Podcasts app in the third beta of iOS 14.6, seemingly in an attempt to address some of the useability problems introduced in iOS 14.5. MacRumors contributor Steve Moser spotted the Podcasts app changes 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.

According to Moser, the 'Mark All as Played' option and the 'Remove Downloads' button have returned in the latest beta. Apple is also reportedly letting users access their previous library from prior to the iOS 14.5 update.

The public release of iOS 14.5 brought a lot of these problems to light, from an April report:

Apple's latest iOS 14 update, which brings with it a new Apple Podcasts Subscriptions service, appears to have broken the Apple Podcasts app in all kinds of different ways.Noted by MacRumors, a slew of bugs and issues appear to have come to light following the update:In spite of redesigning its Podcasts app with iOS 14.5, long-standing bugs within the app persist, and Apple has introduced a range of new crippling usability problems, according to hundreds of reports from users across Twitter and Reddit.

It emerged earlier today that Apple's new Podcasts Subscriptions service would include Wondery+ when it launches later this month.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.