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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 03:07 pm PT (06:07 pm ET)

Apple brings customizable geofencing to Find My Friends in update

In a minor update to its iOS device-finding Find My Friends app, Apple has added a slightly tweaked user interface for searching and setting notifications based on proximate location, bringing the title up to version 2.1.

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With the new Find My Friends version, the app's "Notify Me" page now features a customizable boundary, or geofencing, option that can be expanded or contracted around a located iOS device. Users can adjust the monitored area around a device by selecting the "Change Location" button, which resets the geofencing threshold to allow for more accurate location-based notifications.

With the added functionality, users can select and manipulate the purple circle representing the geofencing around a tracked device, giving a bit more customization to the previous set threshold.

In addition, the notification page's UI has been slightly tweaked to show an Apple Maps thumbnail image of a device's current location.

Find My Friends is available as a free universal download from the App Store and requires iOS 6.1 to run.