Apple To Address Location Tracking Issue in iOS 4.3.3

We recently reported that researchers uncovered that Apple’s iOS stores location data with time and date stamps locally on the device and also stores it as a backup on the computer.

The data uncovered revealed than it had entries ranging more than a year and was obviously a major reason of concern for many users as it conveyed that Apple was tracking user location.

Apple responded to users concerns and said that the company does not track users’ location. The location data stored on the device was used to enable the device to quickly discover WiFi spots and be able to fetch GPS coordinates quickly. However, the main concern was regarding the nature of historical data ranging more than a year. The Cupertino based company acknowledged this to be a bug and said that the data should not have been more than 7 days old.

We also reported that WSJ findings revelaed that iOS devices continued to track location even when a user deactivated “Location Services” feature in the settings option.

Now, BGR is reporting that Apple is expected to release iOS 4.3.3 software update which will address all these issues and will even improve the battery performance.

  • The update will no longer back up the location database to iTunes.
  • The size of the location database will be reduced.
  • The location database will be deleted entirely when Location Services are turned off.
  • Battery life improvements.
  • iPod bug fixes.

The update is expected to be available in the coming week.


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