Apple has released the second beta versions of iOS 17.3 and macOS Sonoma 14.3, along with other software updates for developers. The first betas were initially released on December 14, before the holiday break. The company has now resumed the beta program, and developers are excited to find out what’s new in these updates.
The iOS 17.3 beta is a significant update, introducing Secure Device Protection as an additional layer of security. This feature protects users’ data in case their phone is stolen and someone tries to access their password. With Secure Device Protection enabled, users can only access saved passwords using Face ID or Touch ID. Additionally, this feature makes it harder for thieves to change the Apple ID password and introduces a delay in removing Find My from an iPhone with Secure Device Protection enabled. In addition, iOS 17.3 re-enables collaborative Apple Music playlists with emoji reactions.
Developers can update their devices to the new build number 21D5036c by going to Settings > General > Software Update. While iPadOS 17.3 is also available for iPads, Secure Device Protection is exclusively for iPhones at this point.
In addition to the iOS 17.3 beta 2, second betas of macOS 14.3, watchOS 10.3, and tvOS 17.3 are also available to developers. The first beta of these updates had no significant changes apart from potential bug fixes.
After developers have tested the beta versions, the updates will soon be released to users registered in the Apple Beta Software Program.
As Apple continues to roll out these updates, users are encouraged to stay tuned for more information on the new features and improvements. If users discover anything new in the updates, they are encouraged to share their findings through social networks like Twitter or in the comments section below the article.