Version 1.2 update for Apple's podcast application makes it competitive, finally

Yesterday Apple bumped its podcast fetching application to version 1.2. Compared to the competition (Instacast, Pocketcasts, etc.) it still lacks many a feature power consumers of podcasts will miss, but it's a welcome update nevertheless.

The most significant change is an updated, simplified, and optimised UI, that might not look as pretty as the virtual tape deck in the previous versions, but works a lot better. The most significant addition are playlists—Apple calls them “My Stations”—which are highly customisable yet easy to set up.

Chris Breen at Macworld and Cody Fink at macstories wrote good overview articles outlining and reviewing the new features and changes.