Report: iOS 4.3.3 due in a few weeks

Apple came under heavy fire in the past few weeks over the database containing Wi-Fi hotspots and GPS tower locations stored on their iOS devices. The information was being encrypted and sent anonymously to Apple to improve the accuracy of Location Services in iOS, yet the information still remained if the user chose to disable the feature entirely. With that in mind, Apple has plans to make good on their promise to release an update to iOS within the next few weeks, which will address the Location Services concerns and also include a few other fixes.

As reported by BGR, the update could be live within the next two weeks. The changes iOS 4.3.3 will bring include:

  • The Location Services database will not be backed up by iTunes during a sync
  • Reduction of the Location Services database on the device
  • The database will be deleted if Location Services is disabled
  • Additional battery life improvements
  • Some fixes to iPod

It is not yet known whether the update will address battery life concerns that have plagued iPod touch and iPhone users. In addition, one possible fix to the iPod (music player) may be addressing cases where lyrics disappear immediately after switching songs. The bug was introduced in iOS 4.3 and is still present on 4.3.2.

There are no mention of security-related updates, which implies the same untethered exploit used for previous 4.3.x releases may continue to work.

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Apple came under heavy fire in the past few weeks over the database containing Wi-Fi hotspots and GPS tower locations stored on their iOS devices...... While Google's Android, Microsoft's WP7... were hailed as the big defenders of privacy.

alexalex said,
Apple came under heavy fire in the past few weeks over the database containing Wi-Fi hotspots and GPS tower locations stored on their iOS devices...... While Google's Android, Microsoft's WP7... were hailed as the big defenders of privacy.

Well since you started this, OK.

Google stores your most recent 200 WiFi Locations and 50 most recent Cell locations on the phone. Google also notifies it's users that this is being done.

Microsoft stores your most recent 1 cell location on the phone (big whoop).

Apple stores every WiFi and cell locations since iOS 4 on your phone and computer. They never notified the user it was doing this.

You see the difference?

Apple came under heavy fire in the past few weeks over the database containing Wi-Fi hotspots and GPS tower locations...
Umm, GPS tower locations? When did GPS start using towers?

With 4.3, and especially 4.3.2, the music application on my iPod touch 4G has been crashing quite often. I hope this is what Apple means by "Some fixes to iPod".

My Touch 4g is getting horrible battery life, I am lucky if my battery lasts to 50% with a few app store downloads and a 10 min session of angry birds.... Used to get great battery life and its only 2-3 months old.... Same with my girlfriends iPad.

NoLiMiT06 said,
My Touch 4g is getting horrible battery life, I am lucky if my battery lasts to 50% with a few app store downloads and a 10 min session of angry birds.... Used to get great battery life and its only 2-3 months old.... Same with my girlfriends iPad.

4.3.2 fixed battery life issues for me (iPT 4G). The UI still lags a bit though; I'm not sure if the jailbreak is to blame.

Denis W said,

4.3.2 fixed battery life issues for me (iPT 4G). The UI still lags a bit though; I'm not sure if the jailbreak is to blame.

It fixed it for me too. No UI lag tough but mine is not jailbroken.

Insig said,
Finally, I really hope this one kills the draining issues.

Me too, although I have noticed the battery life on my iPhone 4 has improved somewhat thanks to the last update.