Apple Pulls iOS 17.3 Beta 2 Due to Boot Loop Issue

Three hours after releasing the second betas of iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3, Apple has pulled the updates from the Developer Center and over the air, meaning they are no longer available to download and install.

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Apple has removed the iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3 betas after a number of people reported that the software is bricking devices. According to reports on the MacRumors forums, Twitter, and Mastodon, some iPhone owners who updated found their devices stuck in a boot loop.

The only fix to the issue appears to be restoring a stuck device, which is why Apple has pulled the update. Once the bug is addressed, Apple will re-release the beta.

There are reports that suggest the iOS 17.3 boot loop bug could be related to the Back Tap setting. A log shared by developer Guilherme Rambo indicates that a Back Tap setting caused his device to crash, and there have been several other affected users who have Back Tap enabled in some capacity.

Some others who had Back Tap enabled were able to install the update, and others who did not have the feature on had the booting issue, so it is not entirely clear how Back Tap is involved.

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CarAnalogy Avatar
23 weeks ago

New Apple Boot Loops® Cereal...
Would someone very talented design the box?
No but ChatGPT can

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Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikejd1 Avatar
23 weeks ago

This company is a shell of its former self. Nothing but garbage coming out of them the past couple years.
It’s a beta lolz
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
23 weeks ago

Actually, it's more like an alpha. Beta releases should already be tested well enough that they don't brick significant numbers of devices. Unless you are 2024 Apple and growing sloppier.
It's a developer beta, not even a public beta (which also is a risk to run anyway). It is not intended for production devices for a reason. Just because some members of the public don't understand what a beta is, doesn't mean Apple is labeling it wrong.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
abatabia Avatar
23 weeks ago
So glad I follow Macrumors. Caught the update before it could install and cancelled it. Thank you for reporting this!!
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lounge vibes 05 Avatar
23 weeks ago

This company is a shell of its former self. Nothing but garbage coming out of them the past couple years.
You mean a shell of the company who released Mac OS X snow leopard with a bug that would erase an entire user’s home folder without warning?
Or how about a shell of the company that pulled a golden master of iOS 4.2 for totally disabling the Wi-Fi capabilities of the iPhone 4?
Or how about a shell of the company that released a version of iOS 8 that disabled cellular data and Touch ID?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
slb Avatar
23 weeks ago

Actually, it's more like an alpha. Beta releases should already be tested well enough that they don't brick significant numbers of devices. Unless you are 2024 Apple and growing sloppier.
This isn't a public beta. It's meant for developers running test devices, not the public.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)