Apple to shortly release iOS 4.3.3; update deals with location tracking bug

Apple to shortly release iOS 4.3.3; update deals with location tracking bug
Apple is not wasting anytime to make good on its promise to stop a bug that was storing location database data of iPhone and iPad 3G users to iTunes. The company has sent a pre-release version of iOS 4.3.3 to BGR. The update, which is expected to be launched sometime within the next two weeks, will also delete the location database file when the location services button is turned off, and will also improve battery life and fix bugs related to the Apple iPod.

With the new update, the software will no longer back up the location database file, consolidated.db to iTunes when an iPhone users syncs his iPhone or iPad 3G. In addition, iOS 4.3.3 will shrink the size of the consolidated.db file and limit the amount of time that the information will be stored. This is in response to a bug that allowed for the storage of up to 1 years worth of Wi-Fi hot spot and cell tower locations although the iPhone manufacturer insists that the file was not sent anywhere. Apple says that no more than 7 days of data is needed for the iPhone. The bug also failed to stop saving location data when the location services button was off. The tech giant said that the next major iOS software update would encrypt the data to prevent third party use of the information.

The location data storage issue has been a hot topic in Washington over the past two weeks. As we reported, Verizon will be putting a removable sticker on all of its new phones warning about the collection of location data and the possibility that it could be used to identify the user of the phone. A scheduled May 10th hearing in the Senate on mobile privacy will include appearances by representatives for both Apple and Google.

source: BGR



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13 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well that is good news, Steve Jobs said that the iPhone does no such thing. That was in reference to the tracking fiasco that Apple is in. Now this update will deal with the tracking issue that Steve Jobs claimed was nonexistent. HMMM!? It seems contradictory but I am happy for all the Apple customers who will not be track anymore. Well you will be track for at least 7 days. So a week is better than a year!

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

he never said it was nonexistant. he said apple doesnt track people. not that the iphone doesnt...

11. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I have to say, that I respect what Sony did, when their PSN network went down! They had a press conference, bowed and apologized for the inconvenience that was caused, even though, it wasn't directly their fault! Apple can learn a lot from these guys! Be it a bug or intentional or whatever, show some honour and respect your customers!

12. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

You do know Sony waited a week after psn started tripping to even acknowledge it happened right? And a fix isn't even in sight. Apple on the other hand is fixing the issue within a few weeks.

2. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Why is it that they are calling it a "bug"... a bug would indicate that it was 100% unintentional and an error in the software... "...it's a bug, you know? we don't mean to track you, it just happens..." WTF? Apple's word games are ridiculous...

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Apple is like that guy who thinks no means yes! lol

4. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You two realize android is being sued over tracking people as well right?

6. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Yeah but Google tracking is superior than Apples... therefore it is ok.

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

so true

5. jp unregistered

If you have a new iphone do you need to wait until after the update to Jailbreak the iphone 4? Just curious how that works.

9. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

nahh jailbreak now there might not be a while

10. tinaz

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 16, 2009

will this work on verizon iphone? or are we still stuck on 4.2.7?

13. andro unregistered

they will no doubt be collecting the accumulated location 'data' while simultaneously doing the upgrade. Fanboys rejoice your gods will know all about you

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