The tech giant Apple has unleashed the much-anticipated iOS 17.3 Release Candidate (RC) to both public beta testers and developers. As a result, it has caused a wave of excitement in the iPhone community. This update follows closely on the heels of the iOS 17.3 beta 3. Additionally, the company has released it just a week ago. With a plethora of new features and bug fixes, this development has iPhone users on the edge of their seats.
Stolen Device Protection Feature by Apple
One of the most noteworthy additions in iOS 17.3 is the introduction of “Stolen Device Protection.” The company first introduces this security enhancement in iOS 17.3 beta 1. In addition, it aims to strengthen the safety of users. Additionally, it will save their personal data in the unfortunate event of a device theft. With this feature, users can now add an extra layer of security. It ensures that sensitive information remains secure, even if the phone gets stolen.
How does it work?
In order to access saved passwords, users will now need to provide biometric authentication, such as Face ID. In addition, they need to add an additional level of assurance that only authorized individuals can access crucial information. Furthermore, changing critical settings, like the Apple ID password, will now be subject to a security delay. As a result, it will enhance overall device security. It’s worth noting that there will be no delay when the iPhone is in familiar locations like home or work to prevent any inconvenience.
For those who prioritize the security of their iPhones, Apple strongly recommends enabling Stolen Device Protection. Users can find this option in the Settings menu under Face ID and Passcode. In addition, they can activate the feature and customize their security settings to their liking.
New Wallpaper Update by Apple
In a powerful display of diversity and inclusion, Apple plans to release a captivating new wallpaper called “Unity Bloom” alongside iOS 17.3. Timed to coincide with Black History Month, this wallpaper features an elegant outline of flowers. In addition, it gracefully fills with vibrant colors when the display is active. Thus, it symbolizes the beauty of unity and the celebration of different cultures.
Collaborative Playlist by Apple
Music enthusiasts can rejoice as Apple brings back collaborative playlists in Apple Music with the iOS 17.3 update. Although initially introduced at WWDC 2023 in June, collaborative playlists mysteriously disappeared from the final release of iOS 17.2. With the release of iOS 17.3 beta 1, Apple Music users can once again create and edit shared playlists. In a delightful twist, beta 2 of iOS 17.3 introduced the ability to react to songs in collaborative playlists with emojis. Thus, it will allow users to instantly express their feelings about a track.
While these features are part of the iOS 17.3 Release Candidate, it’s crucial to note that this is not the final version. Apple has yet to provide an official release date for the public version of iOS 17.3. However, speculation suggests it may be available to users as early as next week. As anticipation grows, iPhone users can explore the new functionalities brought by iOS 17.3. In addition, they can provide valuable feedback to contribute to a smoother and more secure user experience.