Apple Withdraws iOS 17.3 Beta 2 Following iPhone Boot Loop Issue

What you should know

  • Apple has withdrawn the iOS 17.3 beta 2 update due to user complaints about a boot loop issue.
  • The boot loop issue was reported to occur on iPhone 12, 13, 14, and 15 series models with the Back Tap feature enabled. This feature allows users to perform certain actions by tapping the back of their iPhone two or three times.
  • Users who had the Back Tap feature disabled were reportedly able to install the iOS 17.3 beta 2 update without any issues.
  • Those affected by the boot loop issue were able to resolve it by reverting to a previous version such as iOS 17.3 beta 1 or iOS 17.2.1, provided they had a backup available to restore their data and apps.

Full Story

Apple’s iOS 17.3 beta 2 has been yanked. Why, you ask? Users were complaining about a boot loop issue. This info comes from a tweet by @iSWUpdates.

The boot loop was wreaking havoc on iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 14, and iPhone 15 series models. The common factor? The Back Tap feature was enabled on these devices.

Back Tap is a neat feature, really. It lets iPhone users tap the back of their phones two or three times. From a list of options, you pick the action you want your iPhone to perform when you tap the rear. For instance, I tap my iPhone’s back twice, and bam! A screenshot is taken.

Want to enable or disable Back Tap? Or maybe customize the actions? Head to Settings > Accessibility > Touch. Scroll down and tap on Back Tap. Choose your action for Double Tap and Triple Tap.

Interestingly, some iPhone users with Back Tap turned off reported no issues. They installed the iOS 17.3 beta 2 update without a hitch.

Now, let’s talk about those stuck in a boot loop after trying to install iOS 17.3 beta 2. They managed to fix the problem by rolling back to a previous version. Options included iOS 17.3 beta 1 or iOS 17.2.1. But here’s the catch – you need to have a backup to restore your data and apps.

We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again. Beta versions of software can be unstable. They’re not ideal for your daily driver. You might find essential apps and features disabled for longer than you’d like.

In this case, the bug messed with users’ ability to access their iPhone units. This happened after they tried to install iOS 17.3 beta 2. But don’t worry, Apple will surely release an update to rescue those iPhone units stuck in the boot loop.

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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