Apple announced today that iOS 17.3, including new features like collaborative Apple Music playlists and stolen device protection for iPhone users, will be available to the general public the following week.
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In a press release about its new Black Unity Sport Band and companion watch face for the Apple Watch, which features red, green, and yellow flowers to represent “the rich cultural diversity of Black communities around the world,” the company subtly disclosed the software update’s release date.
When iOS 17.3 is released the following week, a new Unity Bloom wallpaper for the iPhone and iPad will also be available.
Stolen Device Protection, a security setting that adds an extra layer of protection in the unlikely event that someone takes your iPhone and also manages to get your passcode, is the most eagerly awaited addition to iOS. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Stolen Device Protection to activate the option.
When executing sensitive tasks like accessing passwords or passkeys stored in iCloud Keychain, utilizing pre-saved payment methods in Safari, and engaging in specific Apple Cash and Apple Card Savings activities within the Wallet app, such as transferring money to your bank account, Stolen Device Protection mandates the use of Face ID or Touch ID.
Furthermore, modify some Apple ID security settings, such as deleting a trusted device or phone number, changing your Apple ID password, or turning off Find My. There will be a security lag. There is no need to wait when your iPhone is at home, work, or another familiar place.
Apple’s latest security feature addresses a significant issue that The Wall Street Journal revealed last year. Before stealing the iPhone, thieves were caught snooping on the owner’s passcode in public spaces (bars were a typical sight). If they know the passcode, they can easily modify the Apple ID password and gain access to private data kept in the iCloud Keychain.
Along with the upgrade, collaborative Apple Music playlists—a feature first announced for iOS 17—will probably debut. It was postponed until 2024, as Apple had previously stated in the features list for iOS 17. Later, it was purported to have surfaced in the iOS 17.3 beta.
Apple Music’s collaborative playlist lets users make playlists with others, making it a terrific way for friends and family to get together over similar musical tastes. Additionally, you can respond to the song selections in Now Playing with emojis.
The person-shaped icon can be clicked in a playlist to activate the feature. This will generate a link. It is possible to add many users, and each user can add, remove, and rearrange music. On the other hand, the playlist administrator has the option to accept requests for new songs. Additionally, they can ban users and altogether turn off the collaborative option.
In September, one of Apple Music’s main rivals, Spotify, introduced “Jam,” a real-time collaborative playlist function.
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