Although much earlier than previously expected, Apple has updated its iOS software to version 4.3.3.
There have been calls for the company to fix the location tracking bug for the last few weeks. The controversy started when it was discovered that iPhones were storing unencrypted data of a person’s movements; data that could easily be read by anyone, giving details of an iPhone user’s whereabouts for up to one year, with timestamps to boot.
The company claims the information was never meant to be stored on the iPhone (let alone unencrypted) and the only purpose it serves is logging of WiFi hotspots and cell tower data, which in turn enables faster GPS triangulation. But with 4.3.3 a number of changes have been made to reduce the size of this cache, which will also be deleted when ‘location services’ are turned off.
Below are some of the changes made in iOS 4.3.3:
- 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.
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