Recently, reports were circulating that Apple was tracking its iPhone users. The tv show South Park even made a parody of the situation. Today, Apple released an updated iOS software, 4.3.3, which fixes what Apple calls a “bug” with its location based services.
As PCWorld reports, Apple released iOS 4.3.3, which fixes the location tracking issue that many people found to be disturbing. Apparently, information was stored in an insecure manner and anyone could access it. All the needed was your iPhone, iPad, or the computer with which you synced your iOS device. Many users believed that Apple was tracking its users. Apple responded by saying, “Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.”
“This update contains changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache.” The size of the cache is reduced, iTunes no longer receives the cache backup, and cache’s are deleted completely when the location services are turned off.
A class-action lawsuit was filed regarding the tracking issue and Apple is set to appear in a court hearing on May 10th to discuss the issue.Further reading: Apple, iOS