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  • Apple Poised to Release iOS 4.3.3 to Fix Location Tracking Issues


    Apple is poised to release yet another iOS update, this one aimed almost exclusively at removing any vestiges of concern related to the recent iOS user-tracking scandal that made international headlines.

    Late last week, Apple said that providing mobile users with fast and accurate location information while preserving their security and privacy "has raised some very complex technical issues which are hard to communicate in a soundbite." Instead, they will be addressed by iOS 4.3.3.

    On Monday, the early build of iOS 4.3.3 was obtained by Boy Genius Report, which says the update will formally roll out in as little as two weeks, if not sooner. Once installed, the iOS 4 update will cease to back up the location database file to iTunes when a user syncs their iPhone or iPad.

    In addition, Apple will dramatically scale back on the size of the file and equally slash the length of time that location data is maintained. It will, in fact, fully delete the database file when Location Services are turned off on their device.

    Although few other details about the iOS update are known at this time, iOS 4.3.3 will deliver battery life improvements and a few iPod bug fixes.

    Source: BGR
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Poised to Release iOS 4.3.3 to Fix Location Tracking Issues started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      If you still want to sue crApple for the location thingy then get an iPhone 3G as thats still got it and they have already stopped making IOS for it.
      Either they release a new ISO for the 3G or they can still get sued.

      And after the hell of a long weekend (4 days) for me trying to update my iPad there is no friggin way I'm going to update again so soon.
    1. Brinker07's Avatar
      Brinker07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CONVBMW View Post
      BINGO !!!!!!!!!!

      I totally agree with you. Once again, if it aint broken.......
      Actually it is broken! Jailbroken,lol
    1. Trypt4mine's Avatar
      Trypt4mine -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      4.2.1 is working just fine for me. No intentions to update until 5.0 comes out.
      +1
      exactly.
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      It's a good thing Bin Laden had an iPhone :P
      Because of this, Osama got killed....
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Hay maybe this is how they found Osama because he had an iPhone, had to get him quick before the 4.3.3 update.

      So... Are you guys for the tracking then?


      Anyways I am not updating, will use untrackerd until I see something I want to upgrade to.
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      I think IOS 4.3.3 can still be jailbroken as this exploit can only be permanently patched by hardware modification .
    1. DMI187's Avatar
      DMI187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by smuj29 View Post
      Then this update will have a bug the 4.3.4 will have a bug then 4.3.5.....etc etc blah blah Apple FkOff with these sh_itty updates, at least add something worthwhile like better multitasking or better sounds or features, then bang out an update people may actually want to update to, all  is doing is making more work for themselves and pi_ssing off us with pointless updates...APPLE get a grip, billion dollar company and the jailbreak community are laughing at you,we have out smarted your empty IOS and completely revamped every idevice out there to be awesome........think on.
      Amen
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Wondering if they are not going to track our gps location, how are we going to find our iPhone if stolen.
    1. smooth22's Avatar
      smooth22 -
      This update is supposed to keep apple or anybody from spying on you but It seems to me this update just covers up what your locations are on your device..this is just a update for publicity reasons...All cell phone companies and makers had to follow a federal law back in the late 90's were all cell phone companies and makers had to follow so the fed will be able to spy on you thru your phone, by listening to you or by watching you or by knowing your location when ever they feel like it..
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      Wondering if they are not going to track our gps location, how are we going to find our iPhone if stolen.
      Find My iPhone remotely activates the GPS as long as the iPhone is connected to the net via wifi,3G,Edge/2G

      Tracking isn't really the best word for this. The iPhone isn't constantly recording your location 24/7. Just that every time you used Google Maps, or a Sat Nav app, or Facebook places or Foursquare or any app that asked for your location, it saved that location in a database on the phone. But they claim that it was only supposed to store around 5 previous locations instead of every previous location.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      I think IOS 4.3.3 can still be jailbroken as this exploit can only be permanently patched by hardware modification .
      That's what I was thinking. Isn't that why they were able to use the same exploit for both 4.3.1 & 4.3.2?
    1. Ddaniel87's Avatar
      Ddaniel87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      4.2.1 is working just fine for me. No intentions to update until 5.0 comes out.
      I totally agree, I have a JB 4.2.1 and the only good reason to move on to 4.3+ is the hotspur feature which I find useless against MyWi, I'll just wait till 5.0
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Find My iPhone remotely activates the GPS as long as the iPhone is connected to the net via wifi,3G,Edge/2G

      Tracking isn't really the best word for this. The iPhone isn't constantly recording your location 24/7. Just that every time you used Google Maps, or a Sat Nav app, or Facebook places or Foursquare or any app that asked for your location, it saved that location in a database on the phone. But they claim that it was only supposed to store around 5 previous locations instead of every previous location.
      Excellent, very informative .

      Quote Originally Posted by Ddaniel87 View Post
      I totally agree, I have a JB 4.2.1 and the only good reason to move on to 4.3+ is the hotspur feature which I find useless against MyWi, I'll just wait till 5.0
      I should have waited as well, too late now as I updated to 4.3.2 and noticed the fast battery drain, urghhhhh
    1. Kingmarvin13's Avatar
      Kingmarvin13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ash3s2012 View Post
      Im stil on 4.1 n happy with it although my warranty ends up like in a month I think I have to mess up my iPhone so I can get a new one
      Same here.... Love 4.1
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      It's a good thing Bin Laden had an iPhone :P
      I heard he just got a PS3
    1. cutter7's Avatar
      cutter7 -
      I think they got him from his Play Station account!!

      Thats all he did all day..
    1. Vlaoliver's Avatar
      Vlaoliver -
      Guess its time to sell my brand new glorified ipod ( iphone 4 locked, bb 03.10.01) rofl
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vlaoliver View Post
      Guess its time to sell my brand new glorified ipod ( iphone 4 locked, bb 03.10.01) rofl
      You should get a factory unlock if you are using unofficial carrier or if you do alot of travelling. In this case sell both and get fac unlock, just a suggestion
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Damit why do we have to spend an hour proforming updates for this phone!!! First backup, then download 200mb+ update, then update phone and finally restore the phone again. This is the most advanced phone with the best mobile os, why can't apple release a small update APP!!? Download the App from the AppStore and patch a quick fix with it. Duh!
      Well...since Apple obviously wants to patch the jailbreaks...that's why!
      .....follow the money ..........
    1. alukado's Avatar
      alukado -
      • 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