Apple has confirmed that iOS 17.3 might be launched subsequent week, in response to the small print of a seemingly unrelated press launch.
In a January 17 launch about its new Black Unity assortment, Apple mentions that: “The brand new Unity Bloom iPhone and iPad wallpaper for the Lock Display may also be accessible subsequent week, and requires iPhone Xs or later working iOS 17.3.” If the brand new wallpaper wants iOS 17.3 to run, then it stands to cause that the replace will launch on the similar time.
Unity Bloom is the latest in a line of Black Unity wallpapers from Apple which it launches semi-regularly in iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch variations. This can coincide with the discharge of a brand new Black Unity sport band for the Apple Watch that additionally releases subsequent week.
iOS 17.3 options: What’s coming?
Outdoors of the brand new wallpaper, there are a number of new options that include iOS 17.3. The largest function is the inclusion of the brand new Stolen Machine Safety System, which makes it tougher for thieves to entry data on stolen telephones.
When Stolen Machine Safety is energetic, it’s not potential to carry out sure actions with out the proprietor’s biometric knowledge, akin to utilizing fee data saved on the machine. It additionally provides a one-hour safety delay for sure options, like attempting to alter the cellphone’s passcode, add/or take away Face and Contact ID.
Lastly, iOS 17.3 will launch the Collaborative Playlist choice for Apple Music subscribers. This function was initially anticipated to come back out with iOS 17.2 however was pulled as a consequence of considerations about potential misuse. The Collaborative Playlist permits Apple customers to create and share communal playlists in addition to add reactions to one another’s alternatives.
iOS 17.3 just isn’t an enormous or flashy addition to the iPhone, but it surely does deliver a number of welcome options. And hopefully not one of the bugs that plagued the second beta.
We’ll probably see a lot greater adjustments to iOS when Apple publicizes iOS 18 at WWDC 2024, which generally takes place in June. iOS 18 will reportedly embrace new Apple AI options and a a lot smarter Siri.