Apple’s recent release of iOS 12.2 beta 2 has brought with it one new feature that may go unnoticed by many, and in all honesty isn’t the biggest feature to ever be added. Yet, it’s one that should have been there earlier – the Podcasts app now supports the ability to mark a podcast as played.
The feature was actually available in the Podcasts app prior to the iOS 11 refresh and has inexplicably been absent without leave ever since. It has now returned, however, with the feature once again available to all who would take it for a spin.
To active the new feature, users can open the Podcasts app and then open the episode that they want to mark as played. Then, opening the menu will provide a list of of different options, including, you guessed it, a “Mark as Played” button. Tap that and, as if by magic, the episode in question will appear as played once you confirm your decision – at least the first time the button is used.
For those who want to mark an already-played episode as unplayed, the same button does that too. If you’re more than half way through an episode, the button will be replaced by one that marks the entire episode as unplayed on demand.
It’s a mystery why this particular feature has been missing for so long, because it’s something we use plenty in third-party apps like Overcast. At least it’s here now, though, so there’s that.
This isn’t the only addition that has been discovered in the iOS 12.2 beta, with the update also concealing a landing page for an all-new magazine subscription service called “Apple News Magazines” inside the News app and a “Hey Siri” setup for the AirPods 2.
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