Last Updated on January 23, 2024 by TM
Apple recently released iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 with some cool features. One highlight is Stolen Device Protection. If your iPhone or iPad gets stolen, this feature helps keep thieves away from your personal stuff. Even if they know your passcode, they can’t access your device because it forces them to use your Face ID or Touch ID.
The software adds a one-hour security delay before changing the passcode if your device is in an unfamiliar place. This won’t totally stop thieves, but it makes things tougher for them. Stolen Device Protection works for both iPhones and iPads.
The update also brings collaborative playlists to Apple Music. Now, multiple people can edit and control shared playlists. You can even react with emojis to songs in the playlist. There are also new wallpapers to celebrate Black History Month.
For iPhone updates, you’ll need iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR, or any version of iPhone 11, 12, 13, 14, or 15. It also works on iPhone SE second- and third-generation models. iPadOS 17.3 is available for various models, including iPad Mini fifth-gen and up, standard iPad sixth-gen and up, iPad Air third-gen and up, and all iPad Pro models.
Today is a big day for Apple systems. They also released watchOS 10.3 with a new watch face and macOS Sonoma 14.3, bringing collaborative playlists to Apple Music.
To get the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your device, tap Install Now, and follow the onscreen instructions.
Find below the full release notes:
About This Update
Stolen Device Protection
Stolen Device Protection increases security of iPhone and Apple ID by requiring Face ID or Touch ID with no passcode fallback to perform certain actions.
Security Delay requires Face ID or Touch ID, an hour wait, and then an additional successful biometric authentication before sensitive operations like changing device passcode or Apple ID password can be performed.
New Unity wallpaper honors Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month.
Collaborate on playlists allows you to invite friends to join your playlist and everyone can add, reorder, and remove songs.
Emoji reactions can be added to any track in a collaborative playlist.
This update also includes the following improvements:
AirPlay hotel support lets you stream content directly to the TV in your room in select hotels.
AppleCare & Warranty in Settings shows your coverage for all devices signed in with your Apple ID.
Crash detection optimizations (all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models).
Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: