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Apple Seeds’ First Public Beta of iOS 17.3 With Stolen Device Protection

Apple has released the first betas of the upcoming iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 updates to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test the software before it is released. The public betas of iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 arrived two days after Apple released the developer betas.


To get the beta, open the Settings app, navigate to the Software Update section, tap the “Beta Updates” option, and toggle on the iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 Public Beta. It is necessary to register on Apple’s beta testing website.


Stolen Device Protection is a feature in iOS 17.3 that adds an extra layer of security if your iPhone is stolen and the thief obtains your passcode. When this is enabled, various operations require Face ID or Touch ID authentication, such as viewing iCloud Keychain passwords, disabling Lost Mode, deleting data from an iPhone, utilizing Safari’s saved payment methods, and more. If Touch ID or Face ID doesn’t work, there isn’t a passcode entry option.


The update also includes collaborative Apple Music playlists, which allow Apple Music subscribers to create playlists with friends, family, and others who share their musical tastes. Tapping on the person-shaped icon and sharing the link can convert any playlist into a collaborative playlist.

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