Apple launched iOS 17.3 beta 1 to public beta testers on Thursday, two days after the iPhone maker launched the developer beta and three days after the release of iOS 17.2. The update brings some new features and bug fixes to iPhones from beta testers and developers.
We recommend only downloading a beta on something other than your primary device. Since this is not the final version of iOS 17.3, these features may be buggy and battery life may be short, and these issues are best kept on a secondary device.
If you're a developer or public beta tester, here are some of the new features you can find in iOS 17.3 beta 1. Note that the beta is not the final version of iOS 17.3, so these may not be the only new features to come. land on your iPhone when iOS 17.3 is released. There is no word on the public release of iOS 17.3 yet.
Protecting stolen devices
Apple presented Protecting stolen devices in iOS 17.3 beta 1 and aims to help protect you and your iPhone data. Here's what Apple writes about the new feature:
Tests are now available to protect stolen devices. This new feature adds an additional layer of security in the unlikely event that someone steals your phone and also obtains your password.
Accessing your saved passwords requires Face ID to make sure it's you.
Changing sensitive settings, like your Apple ID password, is protected by a security delay.
No delay is necessary when your iPhone is in familiar places like work and home.
According to CNET's David Lumb, protecting stolen devices requires you to enter your biometric authentication, such as Face ID and Touch ID, multiple times to access some of your settings and sensitive information. This is an optional security feature, but Apple recommends that everyone turn it on.
After updating your iPhone, it should ask you to turn on Stolen Device Protection. But if you didn't see a warning or ignored it for later, you can enable the feature by going to Settings > Face ID & Password and playing Activate protection under Protecting stolen devices.
See more information: Apple's new iOS 17 security feature blocks opportunistic iPhone thieves
The return of Apple Music's collaborative playlists
Apple announced collaborative playlists in Apple Music at WWDC 2023 in June, and the feature was included in some beta versions of iOS 17.2. However, Apple removed this feature from the final version of iOS 17.2. With iOS 17.3 beta 1, Apple brings back collaborative playlists, allowing multiple people to edit and control playlists shared on Apple Music.
These are some of the new features developers and beta testers will see in the first iOS 17.3 beta. This doesn't mean that these are the only features coming in the next iOS update, or that these changes will remain when iOS 17.3 is released to the public.
To learn more about iOS 17, check out what's included in iOS 17.2 and iOS 17.1. You can also check out our iOS 17 cheat sheet.