This wasn’t an intentional announcement, however as noticed by Telephone Area, within the small print for an announcement of a brand new Unity Bloom wallpaper, Apple said that this wallpaper will probably be touchdown subsequent week, and that it’ll require iOS 17.3.
The logical assumption subsequently is that iOS 17.3 should even be out subsequent week – or presumably even this week; although there’s not a lot of the week left. So in all chance we’ll see iOS 17.3 someday within the week, commencing January 22.
There’s, after all, an out of doors probability that the point out of iOS 17.3 is a mistake – maybe it meant to say iOS 17.2. However with iPadOS 17.3 additionally talked about in the identical block of textual content, we’d assume that’s unlikely.
Higher safety and collaborative playlists
So what are you able to count on when iOS 17.3 lands? Nicely, we’ve a good suggestion of that too because of the assorted betas.
The headline characteristic is arguably Stolen Gadget Safety, which, when enabled, would require Face ID or Contact ID for delicate actions, in order that even when a thief has your passcode and subsequently unlocks your iPhone, they received’t be capable to do issues like view your passkeys or flip off Misplaced Mode.
There’s additionally collaborative playlists coming to Apple Music, in order that a number of Apple Music customers can add songs, take away songs, and reorder songs in a shared playlist. It’s doubtless that iOS 17.3 will even embrace numerous bug fixes and safety patches, so it’s value downloading even if you happen to don’t care in regards to the options above.
After all, for an enormous iOS replace you’ll in all probability have to attend till iOS 18, which isn’t anticipated to launch till September – although it’s going to doubtless be introduced at WWDC 2024 in June.