Apple is delivering the new versions of its operating systems this evening: iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3, but also tvOS 17.3, watchOS 10.3 and macOS 14.3. Small review of details.
The big new feature in iOS 17.3 concerns the security of the iPhone and its owner. A new “protection in the event of device theft” function is available in the settings Face ID (or Touch ID) and code. Once activated, it requires biometric identification to access certain data such as iCloud Keychain passwords, to register a new credit card in Apple Pay, deactivate Lost Mode or delete settings.
Respite for the user who is the victim of an iPhone theft
Additionally, there is a one-hour security window for changing settings such as the iCloud account password or updating security options. All of this applies when the iPhone is not in a known location, such as home or work; in other words, when the smartphone is likely to have been stolen and the thief is in possession of the unlock code.
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The Music app allows multiple Apple Music subscribers to contribute to a collaborative playlist; everyone will be able to add a song, remove it and arrange the playlist to their own taste. As a bonus, participants will be able to assign an emoji each time a song is played. The finalization of this function, presented last June during WWDC, had difficulty achieving success but this time, it is finally the right one.
Another new feature announced during the last developers conference and which until now pointed out absent subscribers, the support for AirPlay by connected televisions in hotels. It allows compatible TVs to display content from an iPhone, iPad or Mac without the help of an Apple TV. LG is Apple’s only partner at the moment, with a limited selection of models.
The settings Apple Care and Warranty now list all the devices connected to the user’s iCloud account which are covered by the Apple warranty, or which are no longer so. There is also an optimization of the car accident detection function for the iPhone 14 and 15.
iPadOS 17.3 and macOS 14.3 include new collaborative playlist features in Apple Music, as well as viewing Apple Care coverage information. On the other hand, no theft protection function for these two platforms.
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