What you need to know
- Popular podcast app Castro has been updated.
- This version adds robust support for Siri and Shortcuts.
- Apple Watch users also get episode summaries.
Popular podcast app Castro has today received an update that adds robust support for not just Siri, but Shortcuts as well. The two new features are free upgrades for existing users and the update can be downloaded from the App Store (opens in new tab) now.
Starting with Siri, Castro now supports various commands that allow podcasts to be kicked off using nothing but your voice. Asking Siri to "play the news" will have the app do just that, for example. Users can also control how podcasts are played including altering the playback speed and more.
All of this support extends to the Shortcuts app as well, with users able to connect Castro to other apps and create complicated – and convoluted! – automations at will.
Finally, Apple Watch users will now notice that they have access to episode summaries on their wrist.
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.
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