Apple releases iOS 4.3.3 which takes care of location tracking worries

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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23 Comments

1. tpiazz01

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

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.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

16. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 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.

3. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

That right there is an intriguing solution. :P

14. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

LOL thats right

6. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

13. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

15. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

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

7. joey18

Posts: 655; Member since: Jul 20, 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

18. Cool unregistered

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

8. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

What the hell did you just say?

17. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Ever notice that the IOS updates are always 666 MB?

19. Cool unregistered

LMAO LOL That's so funny!!

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

25. eatmejimmy unregistered

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

21. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 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.

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

23. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 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.

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

CNN reported it, they quoted Apple as the source.

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