Warning: iOS 17.3 Beta 2 Bricking Some iPhones

The second beta of iOS 17.3 that Apple released today is causing major issues for some iPhone owners, so users that have not yet installed the new software may want to hold off.

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As noted by reports on the MacRumors forums, Twitter, and Mastodon, some ‌iPhone‌ owners who have attempted to update to iOS 17.3 beta 2 have found their devices stuck in a boot loop with a blank black screen that has a frozen spinning wheel.

Restoring to the prior version of iOS 17.3 or the iOS 17.2.1 release software appears to address the problem, but users who do not have a backup may have issues with the restore process.

Not all ‌iPhone‌ users appear to be affected, as some iPhones updated to iOS 17.3 beta 2 have come through fine.

Apple has not yet commented on the bug, but it is likely the second iOS 17.3 beta will be pulled in the near future until the issue can be addressed.

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Top Rated Comments

Timpetus Avatar
7 months ago
Bricking is a very specific term, and this is not that. If you were unable to boot or restore the iPhone at all, as in DFU mode cannot even be activated, that would count as a bricked device. Thread title should be "Warning: iOS 17.3 Beta 2 May Install Unsuccessfully on Some iPhones, Backup Before Updating" or something to that effect.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jdavid_rp Avatar
7 months ago
Bricking ≠ boot loop
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mansu944 Avatar
7 months ago
Well, that's one reason to stay off the Beta's.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Naraxus Avatar
7 months ago
It's a beta for a reason
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
7 months ago
I thought „bricking it“ meant there was no way to even restore it? Hence, turning it into nothing but a „brick“
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
7 months ago
FWIW I updated mine with no issue.

Had I seen this, I would have held off though. So everyone who hasn't updated yet, probably should not.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)