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  • Apple Drops iOS 4.3.3 to End Location Database and Tracking Controversy


    Although some believed it would take considerably longer for Apple to ready iOS 4.3.3, on Wednesday the iOS update arrived and it promises to correct the location tracking and data storage bug that sparked concern and controversy last month when the potential privacy threat was discovered.

    As promised, Apple says the aforementioned update alters the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache. All told, iOS 4.3.3:
    • Reduces the size of the cache
    • No longer backs up the cache to iTunes
    • Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.
    The iOS 4.3.3 update, which is available now via iTunes, is for the GSM-based iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, and 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch. Apple is also making availble iOS 4.2.8 for the Verizon CDMA iPhone 4.

    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. Today, Apple has addressed said issues.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Drops iOS 4.3.3 to End Location Database and Tracking Controversy started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 87 Comments
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Are you one of those people
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      its pretty useless if you jailbreak since you can just install untrackerd to get "big brother" off your back anyway.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I want apple to know where i am hopefully ill get to meet sj that way lol
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      lol, ya it doesnt bother me either.
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Quote Originally Posted by ash3s2012 View Post
      I guess ppl with iPhone 3G can stil sue apple shoot I have an iPhone 4 lol
      If you have the ipad bb and your gps is not functioning , you shouldn't be worried about being tracked..Lol.
      In a way, this ipad bb gives you the benefits of not being tracked if you have the 3g iphone with the highest firmware of 4.2.1
    1. mskreind's Avatar
      mskreind -
      This may be a stupid question, but I would like to know if "Untrackerd" is still necessary to have on the iPhone now that IOS 4.3.3 has been released?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mskreind View Post
      This may be a stupid question, but I would like to know if "Untrackerd" is still necessary to have on the iPhone now that IOS 4.3.3 has been released?
      No not really