Apple has revealed iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3, introducing advanced protection for stolen iPhones as well as long awaited Apple Music and AirPlay features.
Here are the key features announced by Apple today.
SIM-Free iPhone 15 Pro Price Drop
The iPhone 15 Pro is currently reduced by 5% on Amazon. As it’s rare for Apple flagship models to see a price decrease, if you’ve been eyeing this up then now is the time to nab it.
- Was £999
- Now £949
Stolen Device Protection
The key new feature is Stolen Device Protection, which is a new opt-in security feature that requires Face ID or Touch ID to perform certain actions, with no opportunity to use a passcode.
The added protection is designed to guard against someone who has your passcode breaking into your iPhone. Things like accessing or changing saved passwords, financial data, and other sensitive settings.
As part of the feature, Apple is adding a Security Delay when changing the passcode or Apple ID password.
“Security Delay requires Face ID or Touch ID, an hour wait, and then an additional successful biometric authentication before sensitive operations like changing device passcode or Apple ID password can be performed,” Apple writes in the release notes.
Collaborative Apple Music playlists
Finally, Apple Music is giving users the opportunity to collaborate with their friends on playlists. With the new options, everyone invited to the collaborative playlist will be able to add, reorder or remove songs.
AirPlay for hotels
Apple is rolling out the AirPlay support for hotel televisions, which will allow guests to stream content from their iPhone or iPad directly to the room TV. This is a lovely way to avoid having to touch those hotel remote controls.
There’s also new wallpapers to honour Black History, while a new AppleCare & Warranty menu in Settings shows your level of coverage. Finally, Apple is optimising crash detection.