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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. Mr. Quackers's Avatar
      Mr. Quackers -
      Untethered exploit still exists.
    1. yomamashump's Avatar
      yomamashump -
      Hmmm. Seems odd they didn't patch the exploit. Perhaps...

    1. thumper_net's Avatar
      thumper_net -
      If apple give the option to disable iads then they might be trusted as iad apps and games trace your location for advertisment reasons and more , never trust the apple
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quick!!! Everyone update NOOOW! GO GO GO GOOOOOO!
      Oh wait... this update is worthless... just like the last few.
    1. imizyhu's Avatar
      imizyhu -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      Does this update improve battery life?
      This.
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      I'm sure a lot of people are very pleased about this update.... None of whom visit this site for obvious reasons.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Direct download links have been added to MMi Downloads.

      Firmware Downloads
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Will someone port the patch to 4.2.1 and other firmwares?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Will someone port the patch to 4.2.1 and other firmwares?
      Why? 4.2.1 is already untethered.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      +1 wh7?
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Why? 4.2.1 is already untethered.
      Having it untethered also disables the tracking?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      No we are looking at 2 completely different things
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Having it untethered also disables the tracking?
      Oooh, you are talking about that patch. didnt something already come out in cydia that disables the tracking?

      untrackerd I think it was called.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Oooh, you are talking about that patch. didnt something already come out in cydia that disables the tracking?

      untrackerd I think it was called.
      Thanks I'll look for it!
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      What about iPhone 3G?
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      I guess ppl with iPhone 3G can stil sue apple shoot I have an iPhone 4 lol
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ash3s2012 View Post
      What about iPhone 3G?
      What about it? I think Apple has stopped releasing updates for it.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I like the Wizard of Oz

      but seriously, useless update especially for those who are JB and have installed untrackerd.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      What about it? I think Apple has stopped releasing updates for it.
      Yes they stopped with 4.2.1
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      More iOS updates -.- does the exploit still work on this firmware?