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Apple started testing the iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 betas in December, and while we are not expecting these updates to be as feature rich as iOS and iPadOS 17.2, there are some notable features that have been found so far.

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This guide aggregates everything that is coming in the iOS 17.3 update, and we'll update it throughout the beta testing period.

Stolen Device Protection

Earlier this year, there were news reports about a slate of iPhone thefts where the thief spied on a victim to learn the device passcode before stealing the phone, leading to drained bank accounts and an untraceable iPhone.

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As a solution, Apple introduced Stolen Device Mode in iOS 17.3 to add extra security. If someone should obtain both your iPhone and your passcode, this feature prevents total catastrophe. With Stolen Device Mode enabled, accessing passwords in iCloud Keychain, turning off Lost Mode, erasing content, and making purchases in Safari requires biometric authentication with Face ID or Touch ID.

Certain actions such as changing an Apple ID password require Face ID and have a one-hour security delay. So if you (or someone else) tried to change your Apple ID login, you would need both Face ID authentication and then an hour wait period before the password could be updated. These wait periods are waived when you are in a trusted location like home or work.

As outlined in our report on the feature, here are actions that require biometric authentication when the Stolen Device Protection is activated:
  • Viewing/using passwords or passkeys saved in iCloud Keychain
  • Applying for a new Apple Card
  • Viewing an Apple Card virtual card
  • Turning off Lost Mode
  • Erasing all content and settings
  • Taking certain Apple Cash and Savings actions in Wallet
  • Using payment methods saved in Safari
  • Using your iPhone to set up a new device
Note that these actions do not have a passcode backup, so you can't use a passcode to skirt Face ID or Touch ID. Actions that require biometric authentication and have a one-hour security delay include the following:
  • Changing your Apple ID password
  • Updating select Apple ID account security settings, including adding or removing a trusted device, trusted phone number, Recovery Key, or Recovery Contact
  • Changing your iPhone passcode
  • Adding or removing Face ID or Touch ID
  • Turning off Find My
  • Turning off Stolen Device Protection
Stolen Device Protection is available on all iPhones that are able to run iOS 17, which includes the iPhone XS and newer. It is an opt-in feature that can be turned on in the Settings app by going to Face ID & Passcode and toggling on Stolen Device Protection.

Collaborative Apple Music Playlists

Apple first tested collaborative Apple Music playlists in iOS 17.2, but the feature was removed before the software was released.

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Collaborative Apple Music playlists are back in the iOS 17.3 beta, suggesting Apple just needed a little bit more time to work out the kinks.

In iOS 17.3, you can take any of your existing playlists or create a new one and then invite others to join in to add songs and listen to the playlist. You can invite friends, family members, and others who share your musical preferences, and there doesn't appear to be a limit on how many people can contribute.

We have a MacRumors collaborative music playlist available for those who want to join in and share music with other MacRumors readers.

To use the collaboration feature, go to a playlist in the Apple Music app and then tap on the person icon. You will be able to generate a link that you can send to others, and everyone who is invited can access the playlist. There is an option to approve each person that joins, and leaving this off just opens it up to anyone with the link.

The person who created the playlist can remove people, remove songs, and turn off collaboration at any time.

Apple in iOS 17.3 added a neat emoji reaction feature that allows listeners to add an emoji to any song that's playing to express their feelings about it. There are standard quick access emoji options like a heart and thumbs up, but with the "+" button, any emoji can be added.

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When you're listening to a song in the playlist that has emoji reactions, those emoji animate as the song begins to play.

Release Date

iOS 17.3, iPadOS 17.3, macOS 14.3, tvOS 17.3, and watchOS 10.3 are all expected to see a public release sometime around January. Beta testing will be slightly delayed by the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Article Link: iOS 17.3 Beta: All the New Features So Far
 
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Lizzard899

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Maybe they should focus on fixing major icloud backup bugs. Theres 2 bugs I noticed.
Theres definitely a bug in the icloud when you go to manually back up your phone on ios 17.2. When you go to settings>your name at the top>icloud>manage settings>backups>click your iphone device>backup size>under next backup size IT SAYS LOADING. Hope they fix it in ios 17.2.1, I heard someone on the apple community page on their website say they noticed this too on their mac.

The other bug is the messages in icloud feature which is new in 17.2 I noticed you cant turn the toggle on. It doesn't move at all. I wonder if this bug is whats causing the icloud backup storage to increase so much because they texts arent being deleted on the servers end.

Ive given up on them ever fixing the icloud/iphone storage bug. They actually made it worse with 17.2 its now increased a lot instead of decresed. Even after Ive manually deleted texts etc. I was told by apple it takes up to 4 days for them to be deleted on the servers end
 
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profdraper

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What’s wrong with iCloud?
Seriously?

I just spent 4 hours waste of life on the phone with several ‘senior specialists’ who never got to the bottom of the bugginess, other than finally, ‘it will (magically) fix itself. Please.

 
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Gix1k

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Allow me to MOVE photos to different albums instead of making a copy elsewhere. So dumb!!
 
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Japan Ricardo

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Would have been nice to have the new security feature - which seems really good - before I go away at Christmas…
 

Chet-NYC

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The Stolen Device Protection is a definitely an improvement. One potential problem I see is when a customer in a store needs to set up their new phone and doesn't remember their Apple ID password, they will need to wait an hour to change it.

I would say close to half of customers need to create a new password at setup of a new phone because they forgot it or can't find it in the folder full of paper, napkins, post its, etc with 72,000 user names, passwords, account numbers, and other crap scribbled with absolutely no rhyme or reason.

Of course, then there those who keep every important password, account number, etc in a note or a contact with no protection whatsoever.
 

Tofupunch

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I wonder what they consider trusted locations. From the Significant Locations in Privacy? From addresses listed in your personal contact card?
 

ericesque

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Allow me to MOVE photos to different albums instead of making a copy elsewhere. So dumb!!
Albums aren’t like file folders. Albums are just a way to view a set of photos. Similar to the way Tags work. So you also don’t have copies in each album. You can think of it as the source image is “tagged” as being part of multiple albums.
 

Tofupunch

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I wonder if a one-hour delay is enough time
This is an interesting implementation. On one hand, I think it's great as it'll give you a chance, hopefully, to try to lock it or whatever once it's stolen (how you actually would do this without access to your iPhone is another question). But then again, what if you are not in a trusted location and need to change it ASAP? I can't think of a scenario why one would need to, but you never know.
At the end of the day, I guess it's a step in the right direction. 'Tis the cat-and-mouse nature of the game, I suppose
 

Gix1k

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Albums aren’t like file folders. Albums are just a way to view a set of photos. Similar to the way Tags work. So you also don’t have copies in each album. You can think of it as the source image is “tagged” as being part of multiple albums.

But that’s dumb in my opinion. For instance my dog. Say I take 200 pics of him and I want to create an album called “Tralfaz”. I should be able to move all 200 pics to that album and that’s the only place they appear. Instead, Apple has me duplicating images/videos to another folder taking up double the space. Kind of like mail. I have two accounts, I can move mail to one or the other and if I go all inboxes, I see it all. Rename “Recents” to all images and let me make albums. Android has it right.
 

Mw0103

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But that’s dumb in my opinion. For instance my dog. Say I take 200 pics of him and I want to create an album called “Tralfaz”. I should be able to move all 200 pics to that album and that’s the only place they appear. Instead, Apple has me duplicating images/videos to another folder taking up double the space. Kind of like mail. I have two accounts, I can move mail to one or the other and if I go all inboxes, I see it all. Rename “Recents” to all images and let me make albums. Android has it right.
Try renaming the album “Astro.”
 

Englishmike2

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But that’s dumb in my opinion. For instance my dog. Say I take 200 pics of him and I want to create an album called “Tralfaz”. I should be able to move all 200 pics to that album and that’s the only place they appear. Instead, Apple has me duplicating images/videos to another folder taking up double the space. Kind of like mail. I have two accounts, I can move mail to one or the other and if I go all inboxes, I see it all. Rename “Recents” to all images and let me make albums. Android has it right.
Doesn’t use double the space.
 

Iwavvns

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But that’s dumb in my opinion. For instance my dog. Say I take 200 pics of him and I want to create an album called “Tralfaz”. I should be able to move all 200 pics to that album and that’s the only place they appear. Instead, Apple has me duplicating images/videos to another folder taking up double the space. Kind of like mail. I have two accounts, I can move mail to one or the other and if I go all inboxes, I see it all. Rename “Recents” to all images and let me make albums. Android has it right.
What would happen if you dropped all of your expectations and just used the service the way it actually works? it sounds like this would be less stressful, no?
 
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