iOS 17.3 with stolen device protection, Apple Music collaborative playlists released with macOS 14.3

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iOS 17.3 was released by Apple on Monday for eligible smartphones and Mac computers along with macOS 14.3 Sonoma. The latest iOS software update comes with a new feature designed to protect your account from thieves. Apple Music has also been updated with support for collaborative playlists. Meanwhile, customers will now be able to view warranty details for all their devices in the Settings app. Apple has also included several security fixes as part of the latest iOS 17.3 and macOS 14.3 updates.

Apple's release notes for the iOS 17.3 update reveal that stolen device protection will be available to users after updating to the latest version. This optional security feature is designed to thwart thieves' attempts to steal your phone in public after seeing the passcode to unlock the handset, giving them access to your account password, changing the phone passcode and other sensitive information. Permission to access is granted. Instead, iOS will now require Face ID and add a waiting period before changing certain settings.

iOS 17.3 (with iPadOS 17.3) and macOS 14.3 Sonoma come with fixes for 15 and 16 security vulnerabilities, respectively. These patches fix vulnerabilities in Safari's WebKit engine, shortcuts, spell checker, Apple's Neural Engine – the company's on-device machine learning NPU – and mail search service. The company also fixed a bug that caused the system's time zone management service to expose a user's phone number to third-party apps through system logs.

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iOS 17.3 includes fixes for several security vulnerabilities
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To install these updates, you can open the Settings app on iOS, iPadOS, or macOS and tap General , software update, If you have an older iPhone, you can also check if iOS 16.7.5 and iOS 15.8.1 are available to download using the same method – these updates don't bring new features, but they do include old ones. Includes security fixes for devices.

In addition to these notable fixes and improvements, Apple has finally introduced collaborative playlists on Apple Music, a feature that was teased last year and briefly featured on the iOS 17.2 beta. Apple Music subscribers can now contribute to playlists simultaneously and react with emojis to these playlists.

Meanwhile, iOS 17.3 users can also use AirPlay for Hotel TVs, a feature that will allow them to scan a QR code on supported TVs in select hotels – to instantly connect with the TV in their room. According to Apple, IHG Hotels & Resorts has already worked with the company to enable AirPlay for Hotel TV support on supported TV models.


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