Apple iPhone users can now connect their phones to iTunes to install the latest update for iOS, version 4.3.3. As promised, the update addresses the recent issue that was identified with regards to location tracking.
In Apple’s own words, the update “contains changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache including:
- Reduces the size of the cache
- No longer backs the cache up to iTunes
- Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off”
Speaking to Mobilized earlier this week, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs said: “If people don’t want to participate in things, they will be able to turn location services off. Once we get a bug that we found fixed, their phone will not be collecting or contributing any crowdsourced information. But nor will it be calculating location.”
The iPhone will now only keep around a week’s worth of location data, for use with location-based services.
With regards to Apple’s radio silence when the story first broke, Jobs told Mobilized: “We’re an engineering-driven company. When people accuse us of things, the first thing we want to do is find out the truth. That took a certain amount of time to track all of these things down. And the accusations were coming day by day. By the time we had figured this all out, it took a few days. Then writing it up and trying to make it intelligible when this is a very high-tech topic took a few days. And here we are less than a week later.”
Indeed, the whole saga has blown over relatively quickly. We thought it might be another week or so before iOS 4.3.3 appeared. Ah well, we’ll sleep easier tonight. Er, not that any of us actually uses an iPhone, but still.