iOS 4.3.3 now available; location tracking fixed

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Apple has just released iOS 4.3.3 for all supported iDevices. The latest update addresses location cache bug that caused growing concerns with iPhone, and even Android and Windows Phone 7 users, that your cell phone was recording your location.

Apple later addressed these concerns by saying that the iPhone, iPod touch and even iPad location tracking was just saving your GPS location and hotspots to make finding your location faster. Your GPS and hotspots were even being recorded when you turned off location services.

Apple also claimed that they were only receiving anonymous data that was encrypted, and didn't link back to the users identity. The company quickly acted to address the issue by reducing the size of your cache file, and even disabling it completely when you turn off your location services.

The latest iOS update will work for:

  • iPhone 4 (GSM)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

Changelog:

  • Reduces the size of the cache
  • No longer backs the cache up to iTunes
  • Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off
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the ipod touches have been quite buggy updates lately, getting fed up with apple, why cant they just issue one frigging update and fix there **** properly, instead of doing updates every 2 weeks and not fixing anything with the touches.

Just saw this on twitter:

"Right after we get Bin Laden, the iOS update altering location tracking comes out. Mission: Accomplished."


Love it

Ryan Hoffman said,
Just saw this on twitter:

"Right after we get Bin Laden, the iOS update altering location tracking comes out. Mission: Accomplished."


Love it


so thats how they found him

roadwarrior said,
If those are the only changes, I think I'll skip this update. No point in it really for my iPod touch.

I'll skip this too, 4.3.1 does me just fine

roadwarrior said,
If those are the only changes, I think I'll skip this update. No point in it really for my iPod touch.

BGR reported just two days ago that it had gotten its hands on iOS 4.3.3, claiming that the update also brings battery life improvements and iPod bug fixes.

Damian. said,

BGR reported just two days ago that it had gotten its hands on iOS 4.3.3, claiming that the update also brings battery life improvements and iPod bug fixes.

Well, maybe I'll give it a go then.