Everyone knows that listening to podcasts is one of the most computationally complicated tasks you can possibly do. In fact, it was only a few years ago that anyone who wanted to listen to some anonymous Internet dork mouthbreathing his thoughts into a mic in low-fidelity audio had to purchase themselves a veritable supercomputer to accomplish the feat.
I kid, of course, but even in podcasting, every bit of performance helps. Which is why we’re happy to report that our favorite podcasting app, Instacast, has just hit version 4.1, adding support for the iPhone 5s’s 64-bit processor.
That’s a nice little perk in and of itself, but there’s more! Instacast 4.1 also add support for background fetching in case push notifications fail. In other words, if Instacast can’t alert you to new podcasts, it’ll snatch down the latest episodes automatically: a handy option. There’s also new shortcuts for ‘Unplayed’ and ‘Imported’, as well as an option to disable continuous playback of ‘Up Next’.
Here’s the complete change list:
+ Added support for 64 bit processors
+ Added shortcuts for ‘Unplayed’ and ‘Imported’ episodes to main sidebar
+ Added option to disable continuous playback of ‘Up Next’
+ Improved user interface slightly
+ Added support for background fetch in case push notifications fail
+ Improved syncing
+ Fixed cancel downloading when leaving wifi area
+ Fixed not backing up media files to iCloud
+ Improved localization
+ Fixed crash when importing single episodes
Those are some pretty good features. Instacast 4.1 is available as a free update for Instacast 4 owners, or a $4.99 download for everyone else. I’m still on, what, Instacast 2? Maybe it’s time I update.