After Apple publicly acknowledged the controversy surrounding their location database in iOS, the company claimed that they would be making some changes. Specifically, they claimed that they would fix a bug that held onto location data indefinitely, to where it would now only hold data for a week. Apple also claimed that this update would […]
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iOS 4.3.3 To Adress Location Database Bugs, Coming Soon

Screen shot 2010-12-13 at 9.35.54 PM.pngAfter Apple publicly acknowledged the controversy surrounding their location database in iOS, the company claimed that they would be making some changes. Specifically, they claimed that they would fix a bug that held onto location data indefinitely, to where it would now only hold data for a week. Apple also claimed that this update would be available in the coming weeks.

Well, it just so happens that Apple has cooked up the fixes, and is prepping the release of iOS 4.3.3. Current changes in the update are:

– 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.

There is still no word on when this update might makes it’s way into the hands of the public.

I’ll entertain the absurd idea that Apple was harvesting location data for malevolent purposes. Given that, either if Apple was caught or if this was an honest oversight, Apple fixed this quickly. Granted they had public pressure to do something, anything, but still, that’s a hell of a turnaround.

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