iOS 17.4 introduces Apple Podcast transcription feature

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Apple's iOS 17.4 introduced a game-changing feature that lets you read your podcasts, not just listen to them.

In the latest update, this hidden gem is transforming the podcast experience, bringing a new dimension to audio content.

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How to now read your podcast in iOS 17.4

If you're a big podcast listener, you'll really like this new feature on iPhone and iPad with iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4, which lets you get transcripts of your favorite episodes right from within the Podcast app. It's available for episodes worldwide, as long as they're in English, French, German, or Spanish.

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Don't worry about privacy; Unlike some other features, these texts are not generated on your Apple device. Apple's servers do all the work, which makes perfect sense since podcasts are available for everyone to hear anyway. So, don't worry about your personal information, it's all about enjoying your podcast with an added advantage.

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What transcripts are available for Apple Podcasts?

Apple is in the process of transcribing every podcast in its library, but this will be a gradual process. The transcription process has started with the most recent episodes and will be done in reverse chronological order. Keep in mind that audio transcripts of new episodes may take up to one day to become available. If you can't find a script for a recent episode, it's probably only a matter of time before it's over.

Just like accessing song lyrics on Apple Music, you have two options for viewing podcast transcripts. You can read the entire text independently of the audio, or you can watch it simultaneously with the audio on the Now Playing screen. Here are the steps to access podcast transcripts:

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How to access transcripts in Apple Podcasts

  • Locate a Latest podcast episode For whom you would like to see text.
  • To read text without starting playback, press and hold Podcast episode
  • He chooses Display textR. A static version of the text will appear that you can scroll through.
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Steps to access Apple Podcasts. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

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Highlight text word for word while listening

Here's how to enable interactive text that follows you while you listen:

  • To see the text following you as you listen, start playing the episode by tapping start button
  • Then select Quote bubble button In the lower left corner. The podcast transcript will be highlighted to match the speaker, word for word, and automatically scroll as they go.
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Steps to enable word-for-word text highlighting while listening. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

How to search Apple Podcasts for a specific word or phrase

Both the above modes provide search feature. Here's how to search for a word or phrase:

  • Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner.
  • Write the word or phrase What you are looking for in the search bar.
  • The text will Highlight All examples of the word or phrase.

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Steps to search Apple Podcast for a word or phrase. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutson)

Bonus for podcasters

The iOS 17.4 update is an added bonus for podcast creators. Apple now offers auto-generated scripts for your episodes at no additional charge. This improves accessibility and improves discoverability and interactivity with your content.

Key takeaways for Kurt

The transcription feature in iOS 17.4 is an important step forward in making podcasts more accessible and enjoyable. Whether you prefer reading or need a written reference, this update ensures your podcasts are more versatile than ever.

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