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

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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