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Get to know the all-new, much-improved Maps app in iOS 10

Susie Ochs | Sept. 20, 2016
In iOS 10, Apple's Maps app does more, from making restaurant reservations to remembering where you left your car.

Those tabs have a new addition in iOS 10, too: Ride. You can tap this tab if you want to be able to call a car from Uber or Lyft without leaving the Maps app. First you’ll have to enable access, which will share your location info with the apps, which, naturally, must be installed on your phone. Once the app has access, it’ll show you all the car types you can book, how long you’d wait for each one, and an estimated cost to your destination. Once you hit Book, you go to another confirmation screen, where you can request your ride.

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Maps lets you order up a Lyft or an Uber from the Ride tab (left), and book restaurant reservations by tapping the OpenTable button on supported locations’ results pages. 

OpenTable is integrated with Maps too. You can search for restaurants by category, or just tap the Food button and then Restaurants to find places nearby. Tap a restaurant in the results, either in the list or on the map itself, to see its preview card with restaurant type, how far away it is, hours, and the Yelp rating and price level. If the restaurant takes reservations through OpenTable, you’ll see a Reservations: OpenTable button next to the one for directions. Just tap that for a screen of options for completing your booking, which can be done in as little as two taps. The reservation is also added to your calendar, with a time-to-leave alert set automatically. To alter or cancel it, just visit the OpenTable app.

Speaking of time-to-leave alerts, if you add location data to your calendar appointments, the Maps app will calculate how long it should take to drive there, based on current traffic conditions. Then you’ll get a notification a little bit before you have to leave, in order to arrive on time. If you prefer to walk or take transit, just change the Preferred Transportation Type setting in Settings > Maps.

Help while driving

While you’re actually navigating somewhere, most of the screen is taken up by the map, which helpfully flips to night mode in the dark. You’ll see the next turn clearly notated on the top, and a strip along the bottom with your ETA, remaining minutes, and remaining miles, along with the unmistakable red End button.

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While you're driving, the next turn is clearly marked at the top, and the strip of info at the bottom can be pulled up for more options, like finding gas or food along the way. 


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