Apple has unveiled the highly anticipated iOS 17.3, offering iPhone users an array of exciting features and enhanced security measures. The beta version of the software has been released, with the official release expected in either January or potentially February.
The iOS 17.3 update will be compatible with iPhones from the XS model onwards. However, some of the new features will only be accessible to users with newer iPhone models.
One of the key features included in iOS 17.3 is Stolen Device Protection, a groundbreaking addition that aims to provide an extra layer of security for individuals who have had their iPhones stolen. This innovative feature requires Face ID or Touch ID authentication for certain actions, such as accessing passwords or passkeys stored in iCloud Keychain. By incorporating biometric authentication into the process, Apple seeks to ensure that only authorized users can access sensitive information.
To further enhance security, Apple has implemented a security delay on top of biometric authentication for specific actions. This means that users will be required to wait for an hour and authenticate themselves again for sensitive operations. By introducing this additional step, Apple aims to provide users with peace of mind and better safeguard their data.
Enabling the Stolen Device Protection feature is a simple process. Users can turn it on by accessing the Settings app and navigating to Face ID & Passcode, where they will find the option to activate Stolen Device Protection.
Collaborative Playlists is another noteworthy feature making its debut in iOS 17.3. Initially expected to launch with iOS 17.2 but subsequently removed, Collaborative Playlists now allows Apple Music subscribers to create shared playlists with multiple contributors. This means that users can add, reorder, and remove songs, making the playlist a collaborative effort.
Apple has confirmed on its website that Collaborative Playlists will return in 2024. This exciting feature promises to revolutionize how Apple Music subscribers interact and share their favorite tunes with friends and family.
As Apple continues to innovate and enhance its product offerings, the iOS 17.3 update once again demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing cutting-edge technology and security measures to its valued users.