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Everything new for iPhone users

Apple started testing iOS 17.3 in mid-December. After a month of development, the company is almost ready to release it to all users, as Cupertino announced this operating system update will be available next week.

That said, this is everything new coming to iPhone users in early 2024 when iOS 17.3 is released to the public.

When will Apple release iOS 17.3?

According to a blog post, Apple will release iOS 17.3 next week, most likely on January 22nd or January 23rd.


The new Stolen Device Protection feature coming via iOS 17.3. Image source: Apple Inc.

Stolen Device Protection: This new layer of protection helps you keep your data safe if your iPhone is stolen. Face ID authentication is required for viewing passwords or passkeys, turning off Lost Mode, erasing all contents, and more.

Apple Music Collaborative Playlists: In 2024, you’ll be able to invite friends to collaborate on playlists. They will be able to add, reorder, and remove songs.

React to Collaborative Playlists: Unavailable with the iOS 17.2 beta, iOS 17.3 beta adds the ability to react with an emoji to a song someone added to a collaborative playlist.

Journal app settings: With the new testing version, Apple is adding more options to the Journal app settings, such as enabling media and Apple Music suggestions, cellular data usage, and more.

New Unity Bloom iPhone wallpaper: Apple says iPhone and iPad users can also show their support to the Black community with the new Unity Bloom wallpaper for their Lock Screen, which presents an outline of flowers that fill with color when the display is active.

Image source: Apple Inc.

More features coming with iOS 17.3

Besides these changes, Apple announced three other features for iOS 17.3 devices, including an iOS 17 delayed function:

  • 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)

Compatible iPhone models

Once iOS 17.3 is out, it will be compatible with the following iPhone models:

  • iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd gen)
  • iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (3rd gen)
  • iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

Below, you can learn more about iOS 17, including existing and upcoming features. BGR will keep updating this article as the testing cycle of this operating system update continues.



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