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iTunes 11.2 strengthens Podcasts with Unplayed tab, support for saving favourite episodes

16 May 2014, Nick Peers

iTunes 11.2Apple has released iTunes 11.2 for Windows and Mac. The new version, also available as a separate 64-bit build for Windows users, concentrates on improving its podcast browsing capabilities.

The update is joined on the Mac platform by OS X 10.9.3, which includes Safari 7.0.3 and a number of stability, security and compatibility improvements.

iTunes 11.2’s headline new feature is its enhancements to its Podcast Browsing feature. A new Unplayed tab makes it easy to locate episodes previously missed, while the Feed tab now allows users to browse for episodes that are available to either stream or download.

iTunes 11.2

A new Unplayed tab is one of a handful of improvements to Podcasts in iTunes 11.2.

Users can now save their favourite episodes for permanent access offline, while a new configuration option – accessed via each individual podcast’s settings screen – allows users to automatically delete episodes once they’ve been played.

iTunes 11.2 also comes with the promise of improved responsiveness and stability, with one particular fix highlighted, namely the issue with iTunes becoming unresponsive while Genius is updating.

OS X 10.9.3 promises improved 4K display support on late 2013 models of the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina display. Users now also gain the option of syncing contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device via USB connection – this feature was dropped in the original Mavericks release.

The update also promises improved reliability using VPN connections over IPsec and includes the recently released minor update to the built-in Safari browser, which fixed an issue whereby search and address fields might load a web page or send a search term prior to the user pressing the [Return] key.

Safari 7.0.3 also improved credit-card autofill compatibility with websites, fixed an issue that could block receipt of push notifications from sites while giving users the opportunity to switch off those push notification prompts.

It was rounded off with a strengthening of Safari’s security features, including improved sandboxing and a number of security fixes.

iTunes 11.2 and iTunes 11.2 (64-bit) are both available now as a freeware downloads for Windows and Mac. OS X 10.9.3 and Safari 7.0.3 are available via Software Update.

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