Apple is currently testing the Stolen Device Protection feature for the iOS 17.3

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Pay attention to this news if you own an iPhone. Previously, we mentioned that Apple has launched a new feature in the Journal App and Spatial Video capture for iOS 17.2. Today, an interesting news about the iOS 17.3 Beta appeared.

For your information, a new security feature called “Stolen Device Protection” is being tested by developers in the first iOS 17.3 Beta. This could be the result of rising iPhone theft cases. In case you didn’t know, the thief would usually observe their victims keying in the passcodes before stealing them.

As a result, they will change the Apple ID passcodes immediately and lock the rightful owner out of all accounts. That includes iCloud backups too. Hence, Apple promises a new solution for this issue - the Stolen Device Protection. This is what Apple says about it:

Testing is now available for Stolen Device Protection. This new feature adds a layer of security in the unlikely case that someone has stolen your phone and also obtained your passcode.

  • Accessing your saved passwords requires Face ID to be sure it’s you.
  • Changing sensitive settings like your Apple ID password is protected by a security delay
  • No delay is required when the iPhone is at familiar locations such as home and work

Moreover, this feature could run a two-tier system which offers a balance between user-friendliness and improved security. For instance, actions like using passwords or passkeys, applying for an Apple Card, turning off Lost Mode, erasing an iPhone, and using payment methods saved with an iPhone will require biometric authentication – no passcode fallback when away from familiar locations.

On the other hand, with actions like changing your Apple ID password, updating Apple ID security settings, changing passcode or Touch/Face ID settings, and turning off Find My or Stolen Device protection, the one-hour security delay will come into play away from familiar locations. So, there will be a second biometric authentication.

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