Apple has suspended the iOS 17.3 beta 2 update because the latest beta release is causing some iPhones to enter a boot loop, forcing users to perform a factory reset on their devices. Numerous reports on platforms like X (formerly known as Twitter) indicate that affected users are required to force a factory reset and flash a restored image (likely iOS 17.3 beta 1) from a Mac or PC.
Apple released iOS 17.3 beta 2 today, but they temporarily pulled it back due to an issue causing a few devices to be unable to start.
I hope to see a new beta 2 released tomorrow 👀 pic.twitter.com/S036KOklFj
— Beta Profiles (@BetaProfiles) January 4, 2024
Apple has officially halted the distribution of iOS 17.3 beta 2 and is investigating the issue. It is expected that an updated version of iOS 17.3 beta 2 will be released in the coming days. Although not all users who installed iOS 17.3 beta 2 have encountered this issue, it is affecting various iPhone models, including the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 14, and the iPhone 15 series.
The iOS 17.3 update will introduce two major new features—Collaborative Playlist and Stolen Device Protection—which aim to enhance iPhone security, particularly in cases of theft. This enhancement requires password and Face ID authentication to change the Apple ID password or to add or remove Face ID on the iPhone.
Since iOS 17.3 is still in the beta phase, it has not affected a large number of users. Apple is expected to release a few more beta builds before the final stable release for all users. If you are using an iOS 17 beta build, we recommend avoiding the latest version until Apple resolves the boot loop issue. Additionally, it is always important to back up your data before installing any updates to prevent data loss.