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On this week's AppleInsider Podcast, Apple announces accessibility features coming in iOS 16, Apple Podcasts adds Delegated Delivery, what we know about Apple Watch Series 8, and we comment on the "After Steve" book.

Apple announced new accessibility features coming to iOS 16 ahead of its WWDC Keynote on June 6. In recognition of Global Accessibility day, Apple highlighted unique door detection ability using LiDAR, live captions for FaceTime calls, video conferencing, etc.

iOS 15.5 launched with new features for the Home app, Wallet, and Apple Podcasts. For example, users can view Wi-Fi signal strength per HomePod, choose to receive critical alerts even with do not disturb enabled, and send money directly from the Wallet App. Apple Podcasts is also gaining new features, including Delegated Delivery, allowing creators to upload subscriber content from third-party platforms.

Apple launched two new online courses for users looking to increase their skills in Apple Device Support and Apple Deployment and Management. Each class ends with a $149 exam and certifications that can help people stand out in the job market.

Interest in tech has waned since 2016, with Google searches for devices and technology companies decreasing. Our hosts comment on the possible causes and discuss Tripp Mickle's new book: After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul.

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