Apple rolls out iOS 17.3 with Stolen Device Protection; What is it and how it works

Apple has released the highly anticipated iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 upgrades, which bring a plethora of improvements to its supported devices.

One of the most noteworthy features of the iOS 17.3 update is the introduction of Stolen Device Protection. This new security layer seeks to protect user data in the unfortunate case of device theft, offering an added level of protection to individuals who have been victims of such incidents.

The Stolen Device Protection features now require Face ID or Touch ID to access saved passwords. Furthermore, changing key settings like the Apple ID password or device passcode now results in a security delay. Unless the iPhone is in a familiar place, users must use Face ID or Touch ID, wait one hour, and then complete an extra biometric authentication. This multi-step procedure offers protection against unauthorized access, leading users to wonder why such a feature was not included sooner.

Apple users can also rejoice with the release of a new wallpaper, which adds a bit of freshness to their device interfaces. Furthermore, Apple Music users may now collaborate on playlists with friends, adding a social element to the music-sharing experience. The new update goes a step further, letting users share their reactions to songs via emoji reactions.

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