Apple’s first-party Podcasts app is getting assist for transcripts within the forthcoming iOS 17.4 replace. The company says transcripts might be mechanically generated by Apple’s software program, will seem for English, French, German, and Spanish-language podcasts shortly after they’re uploaded, and might be viewable throughout “over 170 international locations and areas.”
The characteristic ought to make it far simpler to seek out and skip to the purpose in a podcast you’re most concerned about. Transcripts might be looked for particular phrases and phrases which might be tapped to go on to the corresponding level within the episode. You can too learn together with a transcript as an episode performs, and watch every phrase be highlighted because it’s stated out loud. Per 9to5Mac, the characteristic is accessible by way of a brand new “quote” icon within the app’s backside toolbar.
Though Apple’s software program is ready to auto-generate transcripts, it says podcasters can present their very own transcripts. Alternatively they’ll obtain and edit one among Apple’s auto-generated transcripts earlier than re-uploading it. Though Apple’s transcripts will cowl spoken phrases, the corporate says it gained’t transcribe music lyrics. Transcripts for again catalog episodes might be “added over time.”