Gone in 3 hours! iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update pulled by Apple after glitch hits iPhones; what you should do | How-to

Gone in 3 hours! iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update pulled by Apple after glitch hits iPhones; what you should do

  • The much-awaited iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update was rolled out by Apple today, but was recalled soon as some iPhones were reportedly affected.

| Updated on: Jan 04 2024, 19:17 IST
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iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update
1/5 1. iPhone 15 Pro Max - The iPhone 15 Pro Max is Apple’s flagship smartphone and has a triple camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor at the back, and gets a new 5X telephoto lens at 120mm. The other cameras include a 12MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultrawide shooter, and it is considered one of the best camera smartphones in the market. It is powered by the new A17 Pro SoC under the hood. It is the company’s fastest mobile chip yet. Apple has also started offering console games on the device, with Resident Evil Village already available on the App Store, and games like Death Stranding on the way. It sports a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display on the front with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. (Unsplash)
iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update
2/5 2. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra - The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the company’s flagship device and is one of the best camera smartphones out there. At the back, there is a quad camera setup, which is headlined by a 200MP shooter that features astrophotography, meaning you can even take snapshots of the Moon! It also features improved video stabilization with 2X wider OIS. There’s a 12MP selfie shooter on the front. It runs on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, one of the most powerful chipsets available, paired with Android 13-based OneUI 5.1 OS and a 2X AMOLED display. (Samsung)
iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update
3/5 3. Xiaomi 13 Pro - The Xiaomi 13 Pro sports a triple rear camera setup with a 50MP Leica wide lens, a 50MP telephoto camera, and a 50MP ultrawide lens. The primary camera is a Sony IMX989 sensor, while it also gets a 75mm Leica telephoto camera. The camera system is backed by the Xiaomi Imaging Engine. On the front, you get a 32MP selfie shooter. The device also features a 6.7-inch 2K AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is equipped with the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset paired with LPDDR5X RAM. (Xiaomi)
iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update
4/5 4. Google Pixel 8 Pro - The Google Pixel 8 Pro features a triple camera setup at the back with a primary 50MP Octa PD wide camera, 48MP Quad PD ultrawide camera, and 48MP Quad PD telephoto camera. The latter camera supports Super Res zoom up to 30X, as well as 5x telephoto optical zoom. Over the years, Google has emphasized AI with its Pixel series. The Pixel 8 Pro's camera has several AI features such as Audio Magic Eraser, Magic Editor, Video Boost, AI Noise Reduction, Zoom Enhance, and Best Take. It sports a 6.7-inch Super Actua display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, the Pixel 8 Pro gets the new Tensor G3 SoC with the Titan M2 Security Coprocessor and 12GB RAM. These top-of-the-line features help the Pixel 8 Pro stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best camera smartphones of 2023. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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5/5 5. iQOO 11 - The iQOO 11 gets a triple camera setup, comprising a 50MP primary camera, 13MP telephoto camera, and 8MP ultrawide sensor. The primary sensor features GN5 OIS ultra-sensing technology, whereas the telephoto sensor supports 2X optical zoom. There’s also a 16MP selfie camera on the front. All these features make it a great camera smartphone. The iQOO 11 gets a 6.7-inch 2K E6 LTPO AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. It is powered by the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, and comes with up to 16GB RAM and 256GB UFS 4.0 storage. (iQOO)
iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update
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iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update was rolled out for some users and promptly withdrawn after some iPhones suffered glitches. (Apple)

The much-awaited iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update was rolled out by Apple today, but it was pulled within around 3 hours as it affected some users iPhones. Significantly, the issue with the latest update threatens to force a factory reset on users. The pull back may not be permanent and in fact, it is expected to be back within a day or two at the most. According to reports, after users download the iOS 17.3 Beta 2 update, their handset goes into a boot loop and a factory reset is the only option to get it back online, MacRumors reported.

Brandon Butch posted this on his handle, “It seems that iOS 17.3 Beta 2 is sending some iPhones into a bootloop and forcing a factory reset.

I've received ~10 reports of this so far, all were on an iPhone 14 or 15 series.

Avoid installing this update until a fix is issued!”

Federico Viticci posted his warning on Mastodon, “Welp. iPhone is stuck like this after upgrading to iOS 17.3 beta 2.”

Downloading the latest software update? What users should do

Ideally, those who are not aware of, or not interested in getting into the experimental parts of any software updates, should not try and download the latest updates. These are specifically meant for testers and the Beta stage distinctly signifies that it is being tested and may have some issues with it.

What the company, in this case Apple, is doing is testing the software in a larger subset of users that is not restricted to just the company or its employees. Ideally, developers should be using such updates as they well know the risks involved and how to surmount them.

As Apple says, “Beta versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS are available to all developers. Developers can develop apps that take advantage of the latest features of Apple platforms and test existing apps for compatibility.”

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An ordinary iPhone user should ideally wait till the stable version is rolled out for everyone and then download that version. This will likely have few, if any issues, and would probably not cause any serious concerns with the phone.

iPhone models affected

It should be noted that not all users suffered from this glitch and not all iPhones were affected. Early reports indicated that some iPhones 12 through to iPhone 15 series models were affected.

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First Published Date: 04 Jan, 19:03 IST