Apple introduces a new update to stop iPhones from being stolen

In recent months, Apple has been working on App Store changes, CarPlay and HomeKit improvements. However, in the latest round of updates, the addition of Stolen Device Protection has become the most talked-about change. 

This new security feature, which is included in iOS 17.3, aims to make it a lot more difficult for unauthorized individuals to use your iPhone in case of loss or theft. Once activated, it mandates the use of Face ID or Touch ID for specific actions, even if the thief knows your passcode.

There are very clear advantages to this feature. Firstly, it presents a significant obstacle for anyone attempting to access sensitive data or disable Find My iPhone. Additionally, if a thief tries to erase your data to circumvent security measures, Stolen Device Protection significantly delays this process, providing you with more time to locate your device.

However, like with any new technology, there are also some drawbacks to consider. The biggest inconvenience to think about lies in the requirement to use Face ID or Touch ID even in trusted locations, such as your home, for certain actions. 

Furthermore, while the feature holds promise, it’s not entirely foolproof. Determined thieves may still find ways to access some data or dismantle the phone to sell its parts, which could end up being a concern for Apple users in the future. 

How to use the new feature 

To activate Stolen Device Protection, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode).
  3. Enter your passcode.
  4. Scroll down and toggle on Stolen Device Protection.

It’s important to note that in order to use Stolen Device Protection, you must have two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID and have a Face ID or Touch ID configured on your iPhone. Additionally, Find My iPhone must be enabled, and you cannot disable it while Stolen Device Protection is active.


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