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Apple updates iOS Podcasts app

Apple has released an update for its iOS Podcasts app, which brings new features and changes to the user interface.

The latest version of the app (1.2) lets you create custom stations of your favourite podcasts that automatically update when new episodes become available. You can also now choose whether your stations begin playing with the newest or oldest unplayed episode.

Better yet, your stations will be stored in iCloud, meaning they will be kept up-to-date on all your devices linked to the same iCloud ID. The updated app also lets you create an on-the-go playlist with your own list of episodes. You'll also now see playlists synched from iTunes in the Podcasts app.

The update also brings some tweaks to the user interface. The Now Playing view has been redesigned in an effort to make playback controls even easier to use, Apple said in its description of the update.

Finally, Apple has made some performance and stability improvements that should make using the app a more pleasant experience. For instance, Apple addressed an issue that caused some users to have trouble resuming playback when returning to the app.

Podcasts 1.2 for iOS is available for download in the App Store now.

Apple first released its standalone iOS Podcasts app in July 2012, which provides one-stop access to the podcasts currently available via iTunes. The app, accessible on devices running iOS 5.1 and higher, includes "hundreds of thousands" of podcasts in 40 languages, Apple said. To help narrow it down, a Top Stations feature groups podcasts according to topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.