According to Peter Kafka of All Things D, the company is said to be planning to launch a separate application that would offer users more options in finding, downloading and viewing podcasts.
„So why have podcasts disappeared from the new version of iTunes that Apple started showing to developers this week? Because Apple plans on giving the recordings their own bit of digital turf,” Kafka writes.
“People familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that when its new iOS 6 software becomes widely available this fall, podcasts will have their own app, where users will be able to discover, download and play them on mobile devices. Users who access iTunes via laptop and desktop machines will still find them in that version of iTunes, though.”
In addition, according to 9to5Mac, the new app will also allow users to make their own podcasts.
Apple is currently working on an option of this kind and it is expected to come in the fall with the iOS 6.
Also, the company has removed the Podcasts, Audiobooks, and iTunes U sections from the iTunes app in the iOS 6.