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Apple releases iOS 4.3.3 which takes care of location tracking worries

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Apple releases iOS 4.3.3 which takes care of location tracking worries
The other day, we reported that Apple would soon respond to some of its customers worries over location tracking, by launching the iOS 4.3.3 software update. The company kept its promise as iOS 4.3.3 was launched today for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod. The upgrade is supposed to eliminate the backing up of the location data file, consolidated.db, to iTunes everytime an iPhone or iPad 3G was synced. While it has not yet been verified, it appears that iOS 4.2.8 is the Verizon version of the update

The download is supposed to shrink the size of the file and reduce the amount of time that the file exists. Apple has said that the iPhone only requires 7 days worth of data while the file had been keeping up to 1 year's worth of information on the location of nearby cell towers and mobile hot spots. And perhaps more importantly, if the device user turns off location tracking, the software is now designed to actually stop location tracking.

So, Apple iPhone and iPad users, do you feel just a little more protected today with the update, or is there still more that you would like the Cupertino gang to do?

source: Engadget

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posted on 04 May 2011, 15:22 8

1. tpiazz01 (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


I think it's funny that everyone made a big stink about the iphone and android os being able to track where we go and store the locations. Everytime you sign up for an ap whether its facebook to check in or post photos or google maps to help navigate where you're going, you have to give permission anyway. More people will keep this turned on then they think because this mamimizes the user's experience with the phone and it's apps.

Furthermore the way they caught Bin laden is by tracking the couriers phone when he went to bin laden's home. It is reported that everytime he went to his house to deliver messages, he would turn off his cell phone and pull the battery about a mile out from his home so he would not get tracked. One day in August he finally forgot to pull the battery and they tracked his location.

posted on 04 May 2011, 15:51 4

2. SomeGuy (unregistered)


FINALLY a voice of reason. Location services are meant to "track" your location. People agree to them everyday. They see where you are and present relevant information accordingly.

posted on 04 May 2011, 15:58 5

4. Sniggly (Posts: 6971; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


With Apple, people were upset that the tracking wasn't optional and a large, unencrypted cache of their past locations was kept without their permission. With Google it's just jumping on the bandwagon.

posted on 04 May 2011, 21:27 2

10. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i love how the ibots thumbs down sniggly's comment.. when in fact he is 100% right.

posted on 05 May 2011, 02:30

16. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


I don't believe that was the biggest problem though but this whole thing was blown out of proportion.
Carriers have been required to track you for the past few years already for emergency services and Apple is not a carrier.

posted on 04 May 2011, 15:52 2

3. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


They should've just kept silent and sent an iphone to each terrorist leader as a giveaway. Then would've located all of them by now.

posted on 04 May 2011, 16:01 1

5. Sniggly (Posts: 6971; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


That right there is an intriguing solution. :P

posted on 05 May 2011, 02:01

14. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


LOL thats right

posted on 04 May 2011, 17:08 2

6. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Where's the proof of that they fixed the tracking? they can say anything and isheep will follow.

posted on 04 May 2011, 22:36 2

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


why dont u buy one and check it out if ur such an ass u cant believe a prominent company...

posted on 05 May 2011, 01:58 2

13. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Im with you 1000%! In fact after I stopped using an iPhone I noticed the black helicopters don't circle my house anymore and the creepy guy in the trench coat doesn't follow me on the store anymore.

I also don't hear them tapping my phone and haven't noticed then watching me through my television in a while. As a matter of fact, I don't hear radio stations when I touch my fillings with a fork anymore either.

posted on 05 May 2011, 02:02 1

15. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


hahaha...thats one of the funniest comments i've read on PA recently

posted on 04 May 2011, 19:05

7. joey18 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


the tracking are people f. not android aro ios bccs if signupp any page you will get alot call and emails any email you sign upp is tracking why you people get smartphone is for track people if dont any problem get grandmas phone

posted on 05 May 2011, 08:12 1

18. Cool (unregistered)


What on earth did you say or try to say? My 3 year old speaks better than you! ?????????????

posted on 04 May 2011, 19:21 6

8. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


What the hell did you just say?

posted on 05 May 2011, 05:42 1

17. PhoneLuver (Posts: 466; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Ever notice that the IOS updates are always 666 MB?

posted on 05 May 2011, 08:13 1

19. Cool (unregistered)


LMAO LOL That's so funny!!

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:35 1

20. 3MTA3 (unregistered)


It's not funny it is evil which is exactly what apple is - evil
and the steve guy too.

Now with tracking disabled we will never be able to catch and kill people like bin laden

posted on 07 May 2011, 00:44

25. eatmejimmy (unregistered)


omg!!!! devil worshippers!! damn them to helL!!!!!!!
KILL APPLE everyone switch to ANDROID noW!!!!

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:47

21. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


I still find it hilarious how many people were bashing on apple for the supposed tracking when nothing gets sent anywhere. its on your computer and iphone, something that isnt normally being given out to everyone. android on the other hand was sending it over air right back to google.

posted on 05 May 2011, 12:11

22. Sniggly (Posts: 6971; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*ahem*

Hate to interrupt you, but the information was being sent to Apple EVERY TWELVE HOURS.

You have now been corrected. Go forth and sin no more.

posted on 05 May 2011, 12:32

23. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Where was this information posted or announced? Steve jobs CEO of Apple himself stated the tracking info was left on your iphone and the computer it was synced to. i have never heard of this 12 hour transmission rate.

posted on 06 May 2011, 03:13

24. Sniggly (Posts: 6971; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


CNN reported it, they quoted Apple as the source.

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