Apple has started releasing their new iOS 17.3 update to all eligible devices. As usual, there are bug fixes and some software optimization included in the update. But apart from this, the brand has added a new feature termed “Stolen Device Protection” which reportedly adds an extra layer of security to the gadget and comes in handy in case of mobile theft or getting stolen. Not only this, the features act when someone gets access to your passcode as well.
What is Apple’s new Stolen Device Protection feature?
You might have gotten an idea of what the features are, by reading its name. The Stolen Device Protection (also known as SDP) is a new software-level security addition for all the eligible iPhones out there. The team has added an extra layer of security while changing or accessing your saved passwords in the iPhones. You will not have to go through biometric authentication – either Face ID or Touch ID to access your saved passwords.
Not only this, if someone tries to change the password or login details, then they will first have to enter the bimetric authentication and then wait for an hour, and after that pass a new biometric security check to change the credentials. Further, this security delay will not get activated if the iPhone is not on the list of familiar places.
If the device is in a familiar place or location, no such advanced-level verification would be required. This is a very good addition to the iPhones which not only makes the device more secure but reduces the risk of private details being accessed by someone else or a theft.
Apart from this, several new features have been added in the update such as a new music-collab feature on Apple Music which lets you collab your favorite playlists with your friends, optimized crash detection for iPhone 14 and 15 series, support of direct stream to TV via Apple Play, new wallpapers and much more. Regardless, the newly added SPD is one of the best additions to the iPhones via the recent updates.
All the eligible iPhones and iPads have already started getting the update and the new stolen device protection feature. You can head over to the settings and check if the update has landed on your device or not.