While news of the Vision Pro have dominated airwaves, another announcement in the form of software updates might be coming soon from Apple. The company has always been known for its penchant for secrecy, especially when it comes to upcoming software features. But sometimes, it’s efforts to keep things under wraps can backfire, leading to unexpected surprises. Case in point: Stolen Device Protection, a groundbreaking new feature that appeared out of nowhere in the first developer beta of iOS 17.3.
The feature itself is a game-changer, as it significantly limits the potential damage that can be done by a thief who has managed to steal an iPhone and obtain its passcode. With Stolen Device Protection enabled, the iPhone owner’s digital life, access to sensitive information, and financial accounts remain secure, even if the device falls into the wrong hands.
However, the road to the public release of iOS 17.3 has been paved with obstacles. The second developer beta caused issues for some users, resulting in bricked iPhones and a delayed release schedule. Despite these setbacks, Apple managed to catch up and release the third beta and release candidate on schedule.
Now, the wait is almost over. Apple has officially announced that iOS 17.3, alongside iPadOS 17.3, will be released “next week,” specifically mentioning the arrival of new lock screen options for iPhone and iPad. Given that the Black Unity Sport Band for the Apple Watch, which requires iOS 17.3, hits shelves on Tuesday, January 23, it’s highly likely that the software update will drop on the same day.
While there’s still a chance that the release might be pushed back to Wednesday, January 24, Apple tends to favor Tuesdays for iOS releases. Therefore, get ready to experience the coolest iPhone update yet on January 23! With Stolen Device Protection, you’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing that your iPhone and its contents are safe from prying eyes and malicious intentions.