Apple has released iOS 17.3, a new update for the iPhone. It is primarily intended to fix minor bugs and close security gaps. But there are also some new functions on board – such as improved theft protection.
Apple has released iOS 17.3, a new iPhone update that many users have been eagerly awaiting. In addition to some minor bug fixes, it also includes new functions. Probably the most important: improved theft protection.
Apple releases iOS 17.3
Apple announced the “protection for stolen devices” function some time ago. It is now included in iOS 17.3 and is designed to protect users if their iPhone is stolen and the thief knows their PIN code.
The background: With the four- to six-digit unlock code, it was previously possible to access almost all iPhone applications. Numerous cases are now known in which thieves first spied on users entering their PIN and then stole their iPhone.
Using the code, they were then able to lock users out of their Apple ID and read passwords via the so-called keychain – in some cases also for banking apps. Apple now wants to prevent such cases with iOS 17.3. This is because the “Stolen Device Protection” function allows users to specify that Face ID or a fingerprint is required for certain actions in future.
What’s in the new iPhone update
Apple has also presented a few more functions with iOS 17.3. For example, it will now be possible to create collaborative playlists with other users in Apple Music.
Individual songs can be commented on by the participating users with an emoji. In order to stream content directly to a TV, Airplay will also receive optimized support in selected hotels. According to Apple, accident detection for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 will now be better.
With iOS 17.3, the iPhone company is also closing some minor bugs in WebKit. The update would also close various security gaps. However, Apple did not provide any specific details.
Install iOS 17.3
iOS 17.3 has been available for free download since January 22, 2023. Apple traditionally recommends prompt installation. The new iPhone update is available for all models from the iPhone XS upwards. The version can be downloaded via the device settings under “General” and “Software update“.
With iPadOS 17.3, Apple has also presented a new update for the iPad. The new software is available for all devices from the second-generation iPad Pro (12.9 inch), the third-generation iPad Pro (10.5 inch), the first-generation iPad Pro (11 inch) and the third-generation iPad Air. This also applies to the normal sixth-generation iPad and the fifth-generation iPad Mini.