Apple began its iOS 17.3 journey before the holidays with its first beta. It was going great. However, the company faced a setback with the recent launch of the second beta of iOS 17.3 earlier today. Shortly after the update was released to developers, some users began reporting incidents of their iPhones being bricked. As a result, Apple has pulled back the iOS 17.3 beta 2, making it no longer available for download.
According to the reports, the issue has been faced by users who own iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 14, or iPhone 15 series models with the back tap feature enabled.
Guilherme Rambo, a Mac and iOS Developer reported the same on Mastadon. He said, “Looks like the iOS 17.3 beta 2 boot loop is caused by a crash in the backboard. Based on the crash log, it’s more likely to happen for those who have the “Back Tap” feature enabled.”
Some users installed the new update right after the release and encountered the boot loop issues, here are some sample posts shared by users on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter). The first is by Neil, who installed the update on iPhone 15 Pro Max and ended up with boot loop issues.
You can check more reports in a thread created by Brandon Butch.
Now if you installed the second beta of iOS 17.3 on your iPhone and ended up being bricked, then the only way to get back your phone working is by restoring it.
You can restore your device by using Apple iTunes on Windows, Finder, or iMazing on Mac and restore by installing the iOS 17.3 beta 1.
Plug your iPhone into a Mac or Windows Laptop, then press the volume up button, then the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until you see the recovery mode screen. Once you’re in recovery mode, you can restore your device by following on-screen instructions on Finder or iTunes.
We can expect that Apple will address this issue and release the second beta in a day or two. It’s a beta update which is meant to track and fix bugs, but issue like bootloop happens in a while. So to avoid any major problem you should always wait for few hours and check feedback before installing new beta.
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