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Apple will soon be introducing a Stolen Device Protection feature which is aimed at enhancing security if an iPhone is stolen, particularly in scenarios where thieves obtain the device passcode.

The feature is currently in beta testing and relies on biometrics via Face ID or Touch ID and geolocation data. It blocks unauthorized access to Apple ID passwords, security settings, and passwords stored in iCloud Keychain. Notably, attempting to change Apple ID passwords or modify security settings away from familiar locations triggers a two-step biometric authentication process with a one-hour security delay. Users can opt in through the Settings app once the feature becomes available. It is currently in beta testing and set to roll out with iOS 17.3 which is expected for public release in January or February 2024.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast