Apple’s stock Podcasts app has undergone some visual changes in iOS 11. Functionally, a few things have moved around and some new features have been added.

For example, the Unplayed, My Podcasts, Featured, Top Charts and Search tabs lined up alongside the bottom of the interface have been replaced with a new and simpler tab layout: Listen Now, Library, Browse and Search.

Our resident video editor Andrew O’Hara has put together a quick video for you guys to see for yourselves Apple’s new design for the Podcasts app on iOS 11.

Watch Andrew’s video right below, then meet us in comments.

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The Listen Now tab combines podcasts you’re subscribed to (previously in the My Podcasts tab), recently played episodes (previously in the Unplayed tab) and shows other people like.

Under the new Library tab, you can easily browse all of the audio and video shows you’re subscribed to, as well as individual podcast episodes, ones that have been download to the device and the recently updated episodes of any shows you’re following.

The Browse tab is your storefront to the Podcasts section on iTunes.

There, you can swipe through featured podcasts Apple’s editors highlight at the top, access the full Featured section, see charts-topping audio and video shows, access the list of major podcast providers and browse all podcasts by category.

The Search tab now lets you choose between searching across podcasts in your library or all shows on iTunes. As evidenced by the screenshots, the redesigned app has adopted a bold font with much bolder headings and other visual cues borrowed from Apple Music on iOS 10.

Another feature iOS 11’s Podcasts app has borrowed from Apple Music is a completely revamped mini-player that can be now pressed with 3D Touch to access quick shortcuts pertaining to the currently playing episode.

Other tidbits worth mentioning include larger artwork and other visual tweaks to match the look and feel of other apps inside of iOS 11, as shown on the screenshot top of post. The official Podcasts widget has remained unchanged.

For those wondering, Apple still does not provide Podcasts for Apple Watch.

How do you like these Podcasts app changes on iOS 11?

Let us know by posting a comment below.

  • Fede777

    Does it have what smart speed and trim silence like every other known podcast app has?

    • SR_Penny

      Nope. I play at x.15 speed, but there’s still noticeable pauses/audio gaps, so doesn’t look like it’s doing any content analysis to reduce gaps (at least not at the moment).

  • gobluejd

    what about BT controls? Can you hit <> and get 15 sec skip or does it advance to next podcast (or previous)?

    • gobluejd

      And I mean not on the actual player….right now in the car if you hit >> it goes to the next podcast whereas Castro etc will do seconds skip….

      • Jared Counts

        I have an iPhone 7 Plus running the iOS 11 beta, and as of yet, no, they still jump to the next or previous track. I tried this in my car earlier today, but that may change as the betas progress (though it’s not likely). I’m sticking with Overcast.

        Personally, I really only have one reason to want to use Apple Podcasts, and that’s because my car (2015 Honda Civic) doesn’t display the artist and title information when I use Overcast (or any third-party audio app) connected to Bluetooth. Apple Podcasts and Apple Music display everything correctly on the first try.

        The weirdest part is that if I play something in the default Music app, and *then* switch to Overcast, the artist and title displays correctly for everything played after that.

        It’s such a small, dumb thing, but it bugs the ever-loving crap out of me.

      • gobluejd

        Thanks! That is very odd it does that. It usually is the small dumb things that make us irritated…do not get me started on mail apps….

  • Anonymous

    When the public betas are released I’ll need to check it out. Personally I have switched to breaker thou. I love the social aspect…. Podcast are about disscusions and be able to talk with others after is pretty cool.

    • The features are missing from the beta version.

  • Craig Lucas

    Does it have any power features like Overcast or Pocketcasts has? Like trimming silences & vocal boost?

    • SR_Penny


    • That is the first thing I checked for after I installed the 11 beta release 3. And nope, neither feature is there. Whenever I subscribe to a new podcast to my, those are the first 2 settings that I enable for it.

      I usually set the play speed to 1.1x or 1.2x as well.

  • David

    Have they fixed the unplayed option to be oldest first? I never did under stand the reasoning for that….most people like to listen/watch in order released.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I cant get these to appear on the lockscreen! Or Spotify either. Anyone have any issues with the lockscreen player with podcasts or any other audio?

  • actcyclist

    It’s very white and purple, and bland. I think it’s because Apple has removed custom colours that match the colours of each podcast.

    It seems messier too. The iOS 10 Podcast app has just a list of unplayed episodes and a list of podcasts which the user can sort the way they like.

    You’ve now got seperate lists of episodes in the first and second tabs, and 3 lists of podcasts in the second tab sorted different ways.

    Luckily I don’t think I’ll miss out on anything much is I stick with IOS10, the control centre looks foul in iOS 11 anyway.

  • Chris Higgins

    I didn’t spot any mention of “stations” in the article. Has there been any change / update to these?

    The one feature keeping me using Overcast is the ability to create a static / manual “queue” (or a playlist, as Apple used to call them). If I’m going on a long drive and want to put together a selection of random episodes, the static queue feature is really useful. In iOS 10, Apple only lets you create a “station” that automatically generates a playlist of episodes based on the “intelligent” criteria set for that station. Not ideal… :-/

  • Paul

    Did the podcast widget get any love? Like the ability to only show unplayed podcasts, or a badge icon for podcasts with new episodes?

    I never understood why it is just a grid of every podcast you are subscribed to. You just have to guess currently.

  • OMG. They finally update the podcasts app but still no easy way to view the current queue!!! WTF?! It lets me add to “Play Next” but there’s no way to view this invisible queue of what’s playing next! Horrible UI. Come on Apple.

    • MiniEggs1999

      In iOS 10 tap the three bars on the right of the playing view and you will see Now and up next list

      • Yeah but if nothing is playing you have no access to that. Then you need to play something and then make sure to tap “keep the current queue” so it doesn’t erase it just to be able to view the list again. It’s a really bad UI experience.

  • MiniEggs1999

    Will they ever do a companion watch app ….

  • Rick Fernández

    What happened to the options to stop playback after a certain amount of time or after the current episode ends? I can’t find it anywhere and I regularly used this option when listening to a podcast at night as I was falling asleep so that it would turn off after 15 mins.

    • That is what the sleep timer does. Swipe up and you’ll see it.

      • I submitted this feature request to Apple today –
        Feature request

        I request the trim silence and voice boost features for IOS podcasts . The features have been available for competitive apps like Overcast and PocketCasts for years, and it’s a feature that users have come to expect in Podcast players.

        The lack of these features are what keeps me from using your product. Please add these features!

  • Kelley Sanders

    How do you rate in ios11? Anyine tried yet?