Apple Launches iOS 17.3 Featuring Stolen Device Protection, Collaborative Music Playlist & More

What you should know

  • Apple has released iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 updates, which include a new feature called Stolen Device Protection.
  • Stolen Device Protection requires Face ID or Touch ID for certain actions when the device is away from home or office, and includes a Security Delay feature that delays sensitive operations for one hour.
  • The update also includes a collaborative playlist feature for Apple Music, allowing friends to join a playlist and add, remove, or change the order of songs.
  • Other new features include the ability to stream content to a TV in certain hotels via AirPlay, a display of AppleCare and Warranty coverage in Settings, and optimized Crash Detection on iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 series models.

Full Story

Hey, guess what? Apple’s been busy. They were supposed to roll out iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 this week. And they didn’t drag their feet.

The updates are ready to go. If you’re wondering how to get them, just head to Settings > General > Software Update. Follow the prompts, and you’re golden.

Now, I know not everyone’s a fan of installing updates ASAP. But this one? It’s got a shiny new feature that might make you reconsider: Stolen Device Protection.

After you’ve got the update installed, you’ll need to go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode on your iPhone. Flip the switch for Stolen Device Protection, and you’re set. Once it’s on, your device gets a little extra security when you’re away from home or the office.

For certain actions, like changing your passcode or Face ID, or swapping your Apple ID password, you’ll need Face ID or Touch ID. And here’s the kicker: there’s a new feature called Security Delay. This puts a one-hour hold on these sensitive operations.

Why? Well, it gives you a chance to realize your iPhone or iPad’s been swiped and alert Apple. After that hour, you’ll still need Face ID or Touch ID to make any changes.

But wait, there’s more. This update isn’t just about security. It’s got some fun stuff too.

For instance, Apple Music now has a collaborative playlist feature. This lets your buddies join a playlist and add, remove, or shuffle songs. You can even share emoji reactions for any track on the playlist.

There’s also a new feature that lets AirPlay stream content to your hotel room TV. Handy, right? And if you’re curious about your AppleCare and Warranty coverage, just head to Settings. It’ll show you the coverage for all your devices linked to your Apple ID.

Lastly, for those with iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models, Crash Detection has been optimized. So, that’s the lowdown on the latest from Apple.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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