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In a recent announcement, Apple has rolled out the latest updates for its operating systems, iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3, marking the third significant enhancement to the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 series since their debut in September 2023. These updates follow closely on the heels of iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2, which introduced the innovative Journal app.
Users can effortlessly download iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 on compatible iPhones and iPads by navigating to Settings -> General -> Software Update. For those on older iOS versions, Apple has also released iOS 15.8.1 and iOS 16.7.5.
One of the standout additions is the Stolen Device Protection feature, enhancing the security of iPhones and Apple IDs. This innovative security measure demands Face ID or Touch ID without a passcode fallback for specific actions, ensuring protection even if both the iPhone and passcode fall into the wrong hands. Biometric authentication is required for tasks such as accessing passwords, turning off Lost Mode, making Safari purchases, and more.
iOS 17.3 introduces a new Unity wallpaper on the Lock Screen, paying homage to Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month.
Users can now create collaborative Apple Music playlists with friends and family, fostering a shared music experience. This feature allows participants to add, reorder, and remove songs collaboratively. Emoji reactions can also be added to any track in a collaborative playlist, adding a fun and expressive element to shared musical endeavors.
The update includes AirPlay hotel support, enabling users to seamlessly stream content directly to the TV in select hotel rooms.
A convenient addition is the AppleCare & Warranty section in Settings, providing users with a comprehensive overview of coverage for all devices linked to their Apple ID.
For owners of iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models, the update brings crash detection optimizations, enhancing overall system stability.
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