The new update for Apple’s Podcast App allows users to use voice command for Podcasts using Siri integration. It also supports the new CarPlay mode for in-vehicle entertainment systems using either the physical or touchscreen console controls. Simple voice controls like “Play Podcasts” to start playing the list or just naming the Pod with the prefix “Play” would play the Pod or Station labeled accordingly. This hands free option is good during the in vehicle operation and supplements the latest launch – CarPlay. It gives podcasts a reach to car infotainment system that iOS 7 now offers through CarPlay.
Besides Siri and CarPlay support, it has added some additional features like a new tab labeled ‘Unplayed’ for Pods downloaded but not played, and a way to save them for offline playback. With the new update user can also share links with others via AirDrop. Another new added feature allows automatic deletion after playback.