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Sneak Peek: Apple's iOS 10.3 is something you won't want to miss

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Keeping your gadget's operating system up to date can seem like a part-time job in itself. Updates to the OS are constantly being released, many of which have important security patches.

There are also some pretty helpful tools that come along with some of these updates.

Which brings us to Apple's latest iOS. The tech giant just released its first iOS 10.3 beta edition and it contains some pretty exciting additions.

Here are just a few features found in iOS 10.3:

  • Find My AirPods - This is a feature that will be added to the Find My iPhone app. It will help a user locate their lost AirPods, which will come in handy since they cost so much to replace.
  • CarPlay - You will be able to quickly access the three most recently used apps without having to access the Home screen.
  • Podcast app - This will be a widget set up with the same design as the Music app.

Those are some of the things iOS users have to look forward to. In the meantime, continue reading to learn about some helpful hidden tricks in iOS 10.2 that you need to know.

Most updates to your gadget's operating system are released as fixes to bugs that are hampering performance. However, many times they also come with some pretty helpful additions.

Apple released iOS 10.2 in mid-December 2016. There were actually some pretty useful features that came with it that you need to know about. These features should work on all iPads and iPhones that support iOS 10.2.

Find your parked car

Have you ever parked your car in a huge lot or parking garage and struggled to remember where it is? Apple is making that frustration a thing of the past.

With iOS 10.2, Maps marks the location of your vehicle with a pin when you disconnect your iPhone from Bluetooth or CarPlay in your car. This makes it easy to find where you parked when you're finished shopping or attending an event. You will need an iPhone 6 or later and iOS 10 to use this Maps feature, then check these settings:

  • Turn on location services. Go to Settings >> Privacy >> Location Services.
  • Make sure that Frequent Locations is on. Go to Settings >> Privacy >> Location Services >> System Services >> Frequent Locations.
  • Turn on Show Parked Location. Go to Settings >> Maps >> Show Parked Location.
  • Make sure that your gadget is paired to Bluetooth in your car or CarPlay if you have it.

When you leave your vehicle, your iPhone disconnects from Bluetooth, which lets Maps mark the location of your car. To edit your car's location, open Maps and tap the image of a car inside the blue circle, or add a photo of where you parked. Follow these steps when you're ready to return to your vehicle:

  • Open Maps.
  • Tap the Search field, then choose Parked Car from the suggestions list.
  • Tap Directions and choose Drive, Walk, Transit, or Ride.
  • Select the route that you prefer. When you're ready, tap GO.

To remove a Parked Car pin, tap the image of a car inside the blue circle on the map. Then swipe up on the menu card, and tap Remove Car. Maps won't mark your parked car if you frequently park in the same location, like at home or work.

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Use less bandwidth sending images

Do you send tons of photos through the Messages app? Today's high-quality images use a great deal of bandwidth when you send them this way. They also take up plenty of space on the recipient's phone.

Now you can turn on a feature called Low Quality Image Mode that will help alleviate these issues. When the feature is on, images sent will be lower quality, saving both bandwidth and space.

To use this feature go to Settings >> Messages and slide the toggle next to Low Quality Image Mode to the right to enable the feature.

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Bedtime reminder

Are you one of those people who need to stay on a regular sleeping schedule? Maybe you have to have your eight hours to function properly.

Whatever the reason may be, there is now an iOS feature that will help you stay on track. Once you've set up Bedtime Reminder, you'll get a notification when it's time for bed. You choose how much sleep you want to get each night and how often to be reminded.

Bedtime Reminder can be found in the Clock app. Here are the steps to activate the feature:

  • Open the Clock app.
  • Tap Bedtime at the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap Get Started.
  • Choose your wake-up time and tap Next.
  • Select the days of the week you want your alarm to go off and tap Next.
  • Choose the number of hours you want to sleep and tap Next.
  • Select when you will receive your Bedtime Reminder and tap Next.
  • Pick a sound to wake up to and tap Next.
  • Tap Save in the upper-right corner.

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Set emergency bypasss for certain contacts

There is a Do Not Disturb feature on your iPhone. What this does is stop notifications, alerts and calls from making any noise, vibration or lighting up the phone screen when the screen is locked.

However, there might be some important people in your life that you'd like to be able to bypass this system. Now there is a way.

All you need to do is turn the Emergency Bypass option on for any of your contacts. It's really simple.

Just go to Contacts and select someone. Click Edit and you can set their ringtone and text tone to Emergency Bypass On.

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Close Safari tabs

If you use Apple's web browser, Safari, you know how easy it is to lose track of how many tabs you have open at one time. It can be time-consuming closing each of those tabs individually. Apple has made this process much easier with iOS 10.

You are now able to close every open tab at once. Open Safari and from the new tab page, hold down the Done button in the bottom-right corner. This will open a menu with the option to close all open tabs. Select Close Tabs and they will all disappear.

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