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Apple's iOS 15.4 Podcasts app adds new filter and browsing options

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Iphone Podcasts Subscriptions Hero (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released iOS 15.4 beta 3 to developers.
  • iOS 15.4 beta 3 includes a newly updated Podcasts app.
  • The new Podcasts app includes options for filtering and browsing that weren't available in previous releases.

Apple's iOS 15.4 beta 3 adds a newly refreshed Podcasts app that brings new filter and browsing options for podcast listeners to enjoy.

Apple made iOS 15.4 beta 3 available to developers earlier today and the folk at 9to5Mac have been poking around ever since. The outlet now reports that an updated Podcasts app adds improved filtering and browsing options that will make it easier for people to find the podcast episodes that they want to listen to.

Apple has quietly updated its Podcasts app in iOS 15.4 beta to include new filter options when browsing shows in your library or in the Apple Podcasts catalog. Once you choose a podcast, there are now options to filter episodes by played, unplayed, downloaded, or saved.

The same iOS 15.4 update also now allows Podcasts users to filter episodes in specific seasons for the first time, too. Those who update to the new iOS 15.4 update will see a new splash screen explaining the new features the first time they open Podcasts.

Podcasts is one of the best iPhone apps for listening to podcasts no matter who makes them. There are of course plenty of third-party podcast apps in the App Store including Overcast, Castro, and Pocket Casts among others.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.