iOS 17.3 Update: Every New Feature Explained

After a few months of beta testing, Apple has finally introduced the iOS 17.3 update to the general public. With it, the company has introduced several new features, such as stolen device protection, collaborative playlists, and much more. Here is everything you need to know about them.

  1. Stolen device protection
    Having your phone stolen is an incredibly frustrating experience, thanks in part to the amount of personal data and financial information we store on these devices. And while many of us use strong passcodes to mitigate the risk of unauthorized access, malicious actors have developed new techniques, such as spying on individuals until they unlock their phones with their passcodes and then stealing them.

This is where stolen device protection comes in, as it mandates Face ID or Touch ID authentication for specific actions. These actions include iCloud Keychain passwords, applying for an Apple Card, performing a factory reset, using saved payment methods in Safari, or disabling Lost Mode. Additionally, sensitive actions like changing the Apple ID password will now involve a one-hour security delay when not at a recognized location. To enable this feature:

Open the Settings app and navigate to the Face ID & Passcode section.
Scroll down to locate the Stolen Device Protection feature and toggle it on.

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