Apple releases iOS 17.3 with Stolen Device Protection

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A new iOS update is here and it is huge. It brings Apple’s Stolen Device Protection as the headlining feature onboard that will put iPhone theft schemes at bay. We are talking about iOS 17.3 first release candidates that are now rolling across iPhones while iPad users are getting the equivalent iPadOS 17.3.

iOS 17.3 – What’s New?

Well, a lot. The iOS 17.3 brings Stolen Device Protection, a feature that puts an additional layer of security in case your iPhone is stolen. For the unversed, it requires an additional Face ID or Touch ID authentication when you or a thief is visiting the phone’s sensitive settings such as changing passcode. Another sub-feature ‘Security Delay’ adds one hour of additional time before you can authenticate using Face ID or Touch ID making it obsolete to steal iPhones. Of course, this feature kicks in when it detects unfamiliar locations.

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Apart from that, iOS 17.3 brings optimizations to crash detection features as well as AirPlay hotel support where you can stream content on TVs in selected hotels. With iOS 17.3, you should be able to access AppleCare and Warranty-related information in Settings of all the devices when you sign in using your Apple ID.

Next up, we have collaborative playlists on Apple Music as a feature where you and your friends or family can add, reorder, remove, or alter the playlists at their will. You can even add emoji reactions to the tracks added to the playlist to check who loves it or who doesn’t.

Finally, we have Unity wallpaper added to iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 to honor Black History Month. Similar features can be spotted on the newly released macOS 14.3 Sonoma except Stolen Device Protection.

You can download the iOS 17.3 update via Settings >> General >> Software Update or wait till you get an OTA notification that shouldn’t take much time. There are also new updates on iOS 15 and 16 for those running older versions.

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