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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. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by StayyyFlyyy View Post
      why don't you try checking the blog
      All hail the holy blog
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      What is a big deal about location tracking? Now we need another jailbreak.
    1. Markdooler's Avatar
      Markdooler -
      What blog?
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by Markdooler View Post
      What blog?
      The dev team has a blog also check their twitter accounts for other updates
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by iFiend View Post
      This.

      The reason it's not a 1/2 GB is because it's the whole OS
      That we know. I was posting in response to the previous poster asking for only small file patches. Read.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      The update only takes like 30 seconds to download as it is.



      go to the 26 second mark. The Spiders NEST is in the corner.
      YouTube - Big spider nest





      Dont Argue it, Use google to prove your self wrong.
      There are a lotta dumbasses on google, removed. Spiders lay eggs in a nest, and live in a web, removed. I bet ur gonna tell me baboons live in antartica, a muffin was found on mars, and an alien spacecraft landed on ur left nipple.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Do not insult other members and please try to stay on topic.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Do not insult other members and please try to stay on topic.
      Sorry, lol. A little off-topic.

      Edit: Yes, my fourth infraction! Woot! Lmao

      Edit 2: I could honestly care less

      Edit 3: I forwarded this to my friends, lgit!

      Edit 4: I think I have a serious muffin addiction, one of which's side effects is causing me to continuously change the topic, lol. Very mysterious condition, Lolz.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      There are a lotta dumbasses on google, removed. Spiders lay eggs in a nest, and live in a web, removed. I bet ur gonna tell me baboons live in antartica, a muffin was found on mars, and an alien spacecraft landed on ur left nipple.
      Hey Martian muffins are real!
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Hey Martian muffins are real!
      . Have a nice day.

      World peace day 3, Osama is dead! Wait, off topic again lol


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. StayyyFlyyy's Avatar
      StayyyFlyyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Markdooler View Post
      What blog?
      http://blog.iphone-dev.org/
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      There are a lotta dumbasses on google, removed. Spiders lay eggs in a nest, and live in a web, removed. I bet ur gonna tell me baboons live in antartica, a muffin was found on mars, and an alien spacecraft landed on ur left nipple.
      So if spiders lay eggs in a nest, then isn't it a spider's nest?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Please move back to topic. Feel free to start that conversation in the chit-chat section of the forums.
    1. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
      SoCal Railroader -
      I take it that 4.2.8 on the Verizon iPhone 4 isn't jail breakable yet?
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Markdooler View Post
      What blog?
      Stop while you're ahead
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Railroader View Post
      I take it that 4.2.8 on the Verizon iPhone 4 isn't jail breakable yet?
      Nope but hopefully it comes along with the other devices 4.3.3 jailbreak.
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Markdooler View Post
      So I gotta choose weather to do the tethered jb or not.

      Do we know roughly how long it will be before an untethered jb comes out?

      Do we ever know how long? Patience is a virtue
    1. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
      SoCal Railroader -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Nope but hopefully it comes along with the other devices 4.3.3 jailbreak.
      Thanks Cer0! I'm not in a hurry by any means to update, does this new FW do anything else besides the location tracking stuff?
    1. Anthony92's Avatar
      Anthony92 -
      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!
      Totally agreed, needs to definitely be done with Mac App Store Apps aswell. Getting pretty tired of downloading 6.5 GB everytime Xcode has an update!
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Quick!!! Everyone update NOOOW! GO GO GO GOOOOOO!
      Oh wait... this update is worthless... just like the last few.
      Not useless for the paranoid who believe a multi billion dollar corporation is deliberately "tracking" their every location.