First Public Beta Versions of iOS/iPadOS 17.3 and macOS Sonoma 14.3 Released by Apple

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Gamingdeputy reported on December 15 that Apple today released iOS/ iPadThe first public beta version of OS 17.3 and macOS Sonoma 14.3 is 2 days apart from the developer version.

iOS/iPadOS 17.3 public beta

Note from Gamingdeputy: Public beta testers can open the “Settings” application, then “Software Update”, click the “Beta Update” option, and switch to the iOS/iPadOS 17 public beta version.


The content of this public beta is related to the iOS 17.3 Beta update released by Apple for developers, inviting more users to experience device theft protection and Apple Music collaborative playlist functions.

“Device Theft Protection” feature

Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern and Nicole Nguyen reported on thieves spying on their victims before stealing their devices. iPhone In the case of passwords, this is usually in public places such as bars.

The thief can then reset the victim’s Apple ID password, turn off Find My, “view bank and email account passwords stored in iCloud Keychain,” and more. All in all, the report says thieves can essentially “steal your entire digital life.”

The first beta version update of iOS/iPadOS 17.3 introduces the “Stolen Device Protection” function. Once users find that their device has been stolen, they can restrict others from accessing your private information.


After this feature is enabled, accessing passwords in iCloud Keychain, turning off lost mode, using stored payment credentials to make purchases through Safari, etc. requires authentication through Face ID or Touch ID.

Actions that require Face ID or Touch ID authentication when enabling this feature:

  • View/use passwords or passkeys stored in iCloud Keychain

  • Apply for a new Apple Card

  • View Apple Card virtual card

  • Turn off lost mode

  • Delete all content and settings

  • Perform certain Apple Cash and Savings actions in Wallet

  • Use a payment method stored in Safari

  • Set up your iPhone as a new device

Functions such as changing the Apple ID password, iPhone password, turning off “Find” and turning off Face ID can only be operated after 1 hour after completing the authentication.

After enabling this feature, operations that need to be delayed for 1 hour:

  • Change Apple ID password

  • Update some Apple ID account security settings, including adding or removing trusted devices, trusted phone numbers, recovery keys, or recovery contacts

  • Change iPhone password

  • Add or remove Face ID or Touch ID

  • Close “Find My”

  • Turn off Device Theft Protection

Apple Music collaborative playlists

Apple previewed the collaborative playlist feature before releasing the iOS 17 system, but it did not appear in the official version. After a period of testing, Apple finally introduced the feature in 17.3 Beta.

After users open the Apple Music app, create a new playlist or select an existing playlist, they can click a small human-shaped icon to enable collaboration. Selecting this option will pop up a link that others can click to collaborate.

The person initiating the collaboration can choose to approve those requesting to add songs, but this feature is not enabled by default. Anyone with a link to the playlist can add music, but the owner can turn off collaboration or remove people at any time.

macOS Sonoma 14.3 public beta

The public beta version of macOS Sonoma 14.3 mainly adds a collaborative playlist function to Apple Music. Apple Music subscribers can build playlists with others.

macOS Sonoma 14.3 is expected to be released sometime in January 2024.