The iPhone 5s tracks your movements for 4 days after the battery dies
0. phoneArena 04 Mar 2014, 12:47 posted on
For those of you who are concerned about privacy and big companies tracking you, the focus of those fears tend to be Google and Facebook, but it looks like you have to add Apple to the list as well. A new report is claiming that the iPhone 5s (and likely the new iPads that also feature the M7 coprocessor) can track your movements for up to 4 days after the device's battery dies...
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1. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
I don't EVER turn my phone off... So this is probably a good thing for me.. This way I can keep track of where my phone is if it gets stolen..
3. tacarat (Posts: 455; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
The first thing most thieves do is turn the phone off. Make sure you have "find my iphone" enabled, even if you use a different tracker. I haven't heard of their being a hackivation that bypasses the iCloud check yet. There probably is, though >.>
30. vincelongman (Posts: 3120; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Also make you have a PIN/Pattern/fingerprint, and disable the ability to turn off it without unlocking it. (Requires root though).
Therefore the thief would be able to turn it off (unless it has removable battery)
Also setup extra security features like taking a photo if a PIN/Pattern is incorrectly entered
31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10088; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Isn't his an iOS article?
Anyways, I have my iPad Mini Dos jail broken and have it set up where turning off the device is disabled.
22. Finalflash (Posts: 2322; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Wow, the misinformation spreads fast through this crowd, no wonder Apple marketing is so effective. It won't report the location from the M7, it can't do anything while shut down so it does not matter if it tracks how many steps you take. For that matter, your step data is useless for determining location anyway.
24. almostdone (Posts: 190; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
Maybe the N.S.A has asked Apple to make their phones keep a little battery life in reserve so they can track you, listen to your conversation etc if they wanted to.
Perhaps the iPhone can have better battery life without this feature...
2. ThePython (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 May 2013)
"I will use an app to track my movements. Oh my God it's tracking my movements! Welp!"
4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
So, even if your battery dies, you can use Find My iPhone (for some time, at least)? Pretty good actually.
15. jove39 (Posts: 1554; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
"we wouldn't be surprised to find out that this is a feature tied to "Find My Phone"..."
Author has just guessed there could be tracking functionality available...but I firmly believe there isn't such a thing...motion tracker and location tracker are different things...e.g. "Moves" is a motion tracker app (works fine without gps on) and "Maps" is location tracker which works precisely with gps on.
21. Finalflash (Posts: 2322; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Author has just tried to justify a problem actually. It has no real benefit to the tracking done by find my phone. The phone doesn't report anything while it is shut down so your step data is pretty useless unless the thief turns it on in a location where it gets a data signal at which point your most current location would be determined and broadcast anyway. He is just trying to be "unbiased" or less sensational or something by trying to give a positive spin to some bad news.
28. grahaman27 (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
thats not what its saying... where did you get that from?
the M7 is a pedometer, so it tracks your STEPS, not your location.
5. Whateverman (Posts: 3237; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Interesting. I don't think this is really a BAD thing, but I could see how it could bother some people.
6. promise7 (Posts: 699; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Well, on the bright side, if you ever get lost or stranded in the wilderness they'll be able to track you for a extra 4 days after your battery dies...
17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Only if you have access to cellular towers for the location data to be sent to rescuers. The 'location tracking' that was discussed is GPS data that is uploaded once a WiFi or cellular signal is accessed. Net-net, if you get lost and can't call for help, you better have packed some survival gear and rations, 'cause you are going to be in for a long wait.
7. paulyyd (Posts: 333; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
oh my, my phone knows where i have been for four days AFTER the battery dies???!~, anarchy!
8. cripton805 (Posts: 1177; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Ad based tracking for android. So, it knows how to spam you. I obviously turned this setting off. Do people like it?
11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 7701; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Before the drones come in and start hating, this is actually a good feature. It could come in handy if your phone is ever lost or stolen and needs to be located or at least determine the last confirmed location.
This isn't like Google who's spying on you via street maps and search history so they can sell your info and force their services onto you.
14. SamDroid (unregistered)
But they still give you the option to turn off that feature tho' :D
16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 7701; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Like how they give you the option to opt out of G+ people spamming you in gmail?
Or the option to opt out of their nagging attempt to sign you for G+ so they can get even more data off you?
And then there's Google Glass.
26. Whateverman (Posts: 3237; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Always making things about how much you hate Android and Google. No one talked bad about your precious so just relax.
33. SamDroid (unregistered)
You still have to have an account for Apple
And windows too
You such a fanboy, speak facts
You can change Google ad settings to better suit you or just turn it off completely. I'd rather get relevant ads than just a bunch of annoying ads that i would never be interested in
34. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Mxy is always crying about his precious...I use g+ and you can mute other g+ users...also...I have one app that blocks ads while browsing and I use lucky patcher so that no ads can appear when I am playing a game... No extra data is used..no extra battery juice is used..nada
35. SamDroid (unregistered)
18. Scott93274 (Posts: 3023; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
That's funny, I thought that you were the drone for anything not Apple... It's funny how perspective works.
29. joey_sfb (Posts: 4590; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Relax Mxy! We know you are such a fan and wouldn't mind it if Apple is the one that SPAM you, Track you, rape you.
12. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
It would be really nice if it allowed "Find My iPhone" to still work. Can't tell you how many times I've tired to locate my son's only to be told it's "offline" because the battery was dead. This wouldn't do me any good since its the original iPad Mini. Still be nice with all the iPhone and iPad thefts and could be used as a deterrent or a quick way to locate thieves since I'm sure the first thing they do is power of the devices so they can't be tracked.
19. Scott93274 (Posts: 3023; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I'm not sure if the find my phone feature would work after the battery dies. Maybe it might be able to track its location for a while, but to transmit it would be something else entirely. Though if I'm wrong then that would be great news for careless people who get their phones stolen. The last time something like that happened to me was when I owned the LG Chocolate.
23. kozza3 (Posts: 660; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
the amount of misunderstanding here is absurd.
25. Topcat488 (Posts: 1314; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
That iphone is like a "ZOMBIE" it comes back to life, even after it's 4 days DEAD. Hahahaha.
27. ddavis7387 (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Mar 2014)
Its a cool feature if you lose your phone, but so is the "kill switch" that nobody will pass.
32. linaresx (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)
Even in death you serve you purpose. Big Brother is pleased.