Apple rolls out iOS 17.3 update with increased anti-theft protection

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Following the iOS 17.2 update which previously featured the Journal app, Apple today has rolled out the iOS 17.3 update across iPhone and iPad devices, which mainly highlights the increased anti-theft protection. The new update also includes a few additions on the lock screen, as well as on the Music app, and more.

The new iOS 17.3 update can be installed by heading to Settings > General > Software Update. In addition, Apple has also released updates for older devices running on iOS 15 and 16. The full changelog is as follows:

Stolen Device Protection
- Stolen Device Protection increases security of iPhone and Apple ID by requiring Face ID or Touch ID with no passcode fallback to perform certain actions
- 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

Lock Screen
- New Unity wallpaper honors Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month

- Collaborate on playlists allows you to invite friends to join your playlist and everyone can add, reorder, and remove songs
- Emoji reactions can be added to any track in a collaborative playlist

This update also includes the following improvements:
- AirPlay hotel support lets you stream content directly to the TV in your room in select hotels
- AppleCare & Warranty in Settings shows your coverage for all devices signed in with your Apple ID
- Crash detection optimizations (all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models)