Apple Addresses Location Tracking with iOS 4.3.3 Update

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Apple released iOS 4.3.3 for GSM-based iPhones and iOS 4.2.8 for CDMA-based iPhones on Wednesday. The updates come only days after the company promised a fix for iPhone location logging data that could potentially be accessed without user permission.

iPhone 4iOS 4.3.3 addresses location tracking concerns

The 4.3.3 update reduces the size of the location data cache, no longer backs up the cache when syncing with iTunes, and deletes the location cache from users iPhones when Location Services is disabled.

The update clocks in at 662.3MB on the GSM-based iPhones TMO tested, and 652.8MB for CDMA iPhones. It is compatible with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, third and fourth generation iPod touch, and the iPad and iPad 2.

The update is available for free via Apple’s iTunes application. You can install iOS 4.3.3 by connecting your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to your computer, selecting your device from the Library list in iTunes, click Summary, then click Check for Update.

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I’ll wait to see if there are any complaints from users about increased location search times before jumping on this one.

Will this update make all those greedy lawsuit attorneys go away?

Of course, someone has to handhold people to remind them to also delete the old data on their computers—AFTER they perform the update to make sure they don’t lose everything in case the update has problems.


heh. I wonder if this will work on my iPhone 3G….


Apple says no to 3G, which hasn’t been updated for awhile has it?

John Martellaro

I’ll bet Apple was keen to release this update before the May 10 appearance before Congress.


I hope sanity rules in Congress and there are some level-headed people there who can understand what Apple is and isn’t doing. Apple is still collecting and caching location information even with the update because they know it’s required for proper operation of any smartphone. Not transferring it to iTunes can be thought of as being the same thing SuperDuper! does by not backing up many temp and cache files. The only reason backups are kept are for emergencies and the location data can be rebuilt.


I hope I’m not the only one who prefers having a huge cache. If people want to find where I am, they don’t need this cache, but if it makes finding myblocation faster, then the bigger the better! This is a great example of engineering bowing down to marketing to make the user feel better while sacrificing function.


@computerbandgeek: I totally agree with you and have been more than mildly upset with all this privacy garbage that’s been thrown around by people who haven’t the faintest idea what they’re talking about. Engineering isn’t really bowing down to marketing, they’re now bowing down to the threat of lawsuits and government officials trying to make a name for themselves. Don’t even get me started on attorneys (even though my daughter and son-in-law are both lawyers but not the kind that are leaches on our society).

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