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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. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      to bad! I was enjoying spying on people. lol
    1. metaljay's Avatar
      metaljay -
      anynews on if the untether is patched lol?
      i could take a guess though
    1. Carcarad's Avatar
      Carcarad -
      Hmm cool , i think
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      When will apple be able to simply have a small file that patches the issue instead of a 1/2 GB file that takes a long time to download, load on the iphone, etc??? Cydia does it in a file that is under 1 MB!
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      When will apple be able to simply have a small file that patches the issue instead of a 1/2 GB file that takes a long time to download, load on the iphone, etc??? Cydia does it in a file that is under 1 MB!
      Good point. However I prefer full updates as they are less buggy. If you keep patching it becomes a spider nest in the backend and causes problems.
    1. iFiend's Avatar
      iFiend -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      Good point. However I prefer full updates as they are less buggy. If you keep patching it becomes a spider nest in the backend and causes problems.
      This.

      The reason it's not a 1/2 GB is because it's the whole OS
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Comex just posted that it's not patched
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      ^ yup, very good news: Twitter
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      ^^^^^
      thanks i was trying to find out how to link it
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Just click on the time of the tweet to get a link. That was the dev team tweet but same thing.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Cool cool
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaljay View Post
      anynews on if the untether is patched lol?
      i could take a guess though
      How'd that guess work out for ya?
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Does this update improve battery life?
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      These updates are definitely taking a toll on the iPad 2 jailbreak.

      Now all the whiners will start demanding 4.3.3 jailbreak...
    1. darkknight75's Avatar
      darkknight75 -
      thats great so i can use redsnow to jailbreak 4.3.3
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by darkknight75 View Post
      thats great so i can use redsnow to jailbreak 4.3.3
      Not yet, redsnow will need to be updated first.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by darkknight75 View Post
      thats great so i can use redsnow to jailbreak 4.3.3
      Probably not 100 percent yet on what all this means when it comes to jailbreaking
    1. darkknight75's Avatar
      darkknight75 -
      ok cool thanks i was gonna rejailbreak but ill wait then
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      It will probably be able to jailbreak tethered right now (maybe) but the untether will just need to be updated to work with 4.3.3 and then reincorporated back into redsnow.
    1. iFiend's Avatar
      iFiend -
      Shouldn't take too long to port over. Does anyone remember how long it was last time? For 4.3.2? I think it was like 7-10 days