Apple releases iOS 17.3.1 and iPadOS 17.3.1 updates that fix a bug that could cause text to unexpectedly duplicate or overlap while typing. The update doesn't address any other bugs or bring any new features. To install iOS 17.3.1 on your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update -> Download and Install. Apple is working on iOS 17.4 which brings some new additions and is expected to roll out in March.
With iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, Apple introduced hand gesture reactions that are enabled by default in FaceTime and other video calling apps. To avoid triggering them unintentionally, users can disable FaceTime reactions on iPhones, iPads, and Macs. With iOS 17.4, Apple is releasing a new API to allow third-party video conferencing apps to turn off gesture-based reactions by default.
Apple released the details on the adoption numbers for iOS 17 for the first time. The numbers show that the adoption of iOS 17 is slower than iOS 16. According to Apple, iOS 17 is installed on 76% of iPhones launched in the last four years. This data is measured by devices that transacted on the App Store until February 4, 2024. On the flip side, the pace of iPadOS 17 adoption is faster than iPadOS 16.
A latest report by the Wall Street Journal says that Apple will charge users to sideload apps from third-party app stores in Europe. It is also believed that the tech titan will put an app reviewing system for the apps sideloaded from external sources. While the amount os unclear as of now, it is expected that Apple will rollout sideloading in iOS 17 with the release of iOS 17.4.
With iOS 17.3, Apple has rolled out the much requested collaborative playlists feature for Apple Music. Using this feature, you can collaborate with your friends and make playlists to listen to songs together on Apple Music. To create a collaborative playlist on iPhone, go to a playlist on Apple Music, tap on the three-dot button on the top right corner and tap Collaborate.
iOS 17.3 introduces advanced security features like Stolen Device Protection, emphasizing biometric authentication for sensitive actions when not in a familiar location to protect you against stolen passcodes. The update also brings collaborative Apple Music Playlists and allows content steaming to TVs in select hotels.
iOS 17.3 adds a new security feature to your iPhone called Stolen Device Protection. When you enable this new feature, your iPhone will need FaceID recognition along with the Passcode to view or make sensitive changes when the iPhone is in an unfamiliar location.
Apple rolled out iOS 17.3 Beta 2 but quickly pulled it due to a reported boot loop issue encountered by users worldwide. It is being reported that the issue is caused by a setting related to the "Back Tap" feature. Apple is investigating the problem, aiming to resolve it before re-releasing a more stable version of the beta.
With iOS 17.2 beta 4, Apple is allowing its users to change the default notification sound and haptics on an iPhone. Now, there's a new "Default Alerts" section in Sounds & Haptics Settings on an iPhone that lets you choose your preferred sound and haptics. Currently, this feature is only available in the iOS 17.2 Beta version.