Apple releases iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 with Stolen Device Protection

Apple releases iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 with Stolen Device Protection

The day has arrived. It’s the day for a new iOS update featuring iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 that brings a Stolen Device Protection (SDP) update on board. The feature is attuned to apply an additional layer of security on your iPhone or iPad in case it is stolen and they have your passcode as well.

iOS 17.3 Brings Stolen Device Protection Feature

What’s changed is that with Stolen Device Protection, you need an extra pair of biometrics – Face ID or Touch ID, to access any sensitive settings on your iPhone. It includes accessing saved passwords, and adding a security delay associated with a device passcode if the phone is in an unfamiliar location. It means you’d need an hour’s worth of waiting to enter the Touch ID or Face ID with the SDP feature enabled.

Apple releases iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 with Stolen Device Protection

Additionally, the feature also protects purchases made over Safari and engaging Lost Mode on your iPhone. Moving forwards, iOS 17.3 also brings other features including the one that allows airplaying content on selected hotel room TVs, optimizations made on crash detection feature across iPhone 14 and 15 models, as well as AppleCare and Warranty of the iPhones showing up in Settings across all the devices you have signed up using the same Apple ID.

Some Apple Music-related features include the ability to add emoji reactions, collaborate on playlists with your friends and the ability to reorder, add, or remove songs without any hassle. Lastly, the Cupertino-based giant has added some new Unity wallpapers that honor Black history and culture celebrating Black History Month.

Apple is seeding the iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 via OTA updates that you should receive ASAP. You can check out the same via Settings >> General >> Software Update to get a hold of the update and install it. For those using older versions of iOS, Apple is sending out iOS 15.8.1 and iOS 16.7.5 via OTA as well.

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