iOS Update Fixes Location Services Bug

Last week, Apple released iOS 4.3.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (and 4.2.8 for the Verizon iPhone), to address the recently highlighted iOS location cache bugs and concerns, specifically addressing the following:

▪    Reduces the size of the cache
▪    No longer backs the cache up to iTunes
▪    Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off

The update addresses concerns made by the public about the bug in iOS 4 that stored a database of up to a year’s worth of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations. Apple admitted that the data should not be collected when users turn off Location Services on their iPhone, and the fact that it was being stored was a bug. Supposedly the next major iOS software release will encrypt the file on the iPhone, ensuring that the data can not be obtained by a third party for illicit purposes.

Users can download the update through iTunes.

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