Apple Releases iOS 17.3 And iPadOS 17.3 Release Candidates
Apple has today released the first iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 Release Candidate updates to developers as well as public beta testers as the company gets ready to make them both available to the public next week.
Apple has confirmed that it will release both software updates alongside watchOS 10.3 next week, and making the Release Candidate builds available for download today is part of that process. Apple will now hope that there are no showstopping bugs identified in this release that would need to be fixed before next week’s self-imposed deadline.
Registered developers and those who are on the public beta program can download the new Release Candidate updates right now by heading to the Settings app and choosing the Software Update section. There, they’ll be able to select Beta Updates option to toggle on their respective beta — whether that’s the public beta program or the developer beta program.
The new update will bring with it the Stolen Device Protection feature that’s designed to ensure people don’t lose access to their Apple ID should their iPhone and passcode be stolen.
Some thieves have been changing Apple ID account passwords when they have access to the device’s passcode, locking the rightful owner out of everything from their contacts to their photo library.
Apple says that it will make these updates available next week and we would suggest installing them as soon as possible once they are publicly available for download.