Apple releases iOS 17.3 Release Candidate with New Unity Wallpaper

Apple has released iOS 17.3 Release Candidate after three rounds of beta updates. Notably, unlike the beta builds, the iOS 17.3 Release Candidate is simultaneously available to both developers and public beta testers.

iOS 17.3 Release Candidate is the final build, set to be released as the public build next week if it doesn’t have any major issues or bugs. Release Candidate builds are considered stable for beta users, and even the build numbers are identical for both the Release Candidate and the public release.

Apple started the iOS 17.3 journey in December. And there have been three beta builds prior to the RC build release, including a buggy build that was later pulled. There are usually more beta builds, but there was a long holiday in between so only a few beta builds were released.

iOS 17.3 Release Candidate

Today, along with the iOS 17.3 RC, Apple also released iPadOS 17.3 RC, watchOS 10.3 RC, macOS Sonoma 14.3 RC, tvOS 17.3 RC, macOS Ventura 13.6.4 RC4, macOS Monterey 12.7.3 RC4, iOS 16.7.5 RC, iPadOS 16.7.5 RC, iOS 15.8.1 RC, and iPadOS 15.8.1 RC.

iOS 17.3 RC and iPadOS 17.3 RC come with build number 21D50. And since this is the complete build like public build, it weighs quite a lot that could vary by model.

iOS 17.3 RC Release Notes

In terms of new features, it has all the features and changes added in the previous three beta builds with a few additional changes.

Stolen Device Protection

  • Stolen Device Protection increases security of iPhone and Apple ID by requiring Face ID or Touch ID with no passcode fallback to perform certain actions
  • Security Delay requires Face ID or Touch ID, an hour wait, and then an additional successful biometric authentication before sensitive operations like changing device passcode or Apple ID password can be performed

Lock Screen

  • New Unity wallpaper honors Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month


  • Collaborate on playlists allows you to invite friends to join your playlist and everyone can add, reorder, and remove songs
  • Emoji reactions can be added to any track in a collaborative playlist

This update also includes the following improvements:

  • AirPlay hotel support lets you stream content directly to the TV in your room in select hotels
  • AppleCare & Warranty in Settings shows your coverage for all devices signed in with your Apple ID
  • Crash detection optimizations (all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models)

As mentioned earlier, the iOS 17.3 Release Candidate is available to both developers and public beta testers. So if you have selected either for Developer Beta or Public Beta in Software Update, you will find the update in Settings > General > Software Update.

Always make sure to take backup of your data and charge your iPhone to at least 50%.

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Ashutosh singh

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