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Apple Surrenders to the "iPhone Tracker" Whiners

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What's all this talk about iPhones tracking users' locations? I mean, really, settle down folks. Apple doesn't "track" "mobile devices" -- in the strictest sense of the terms. Sure, the company logged location data along with timestamps unbeknownst to users in an unencrypted, unprotected file that was accessible to anyone and couldn't be turned off. But come on now. That's not a bug, and it's not a problem. It's a feature completely overblown by the media and shouldn't be grounds for class action suits and congressional inquiries. I mean, it's not like Apple's the only one doing it, right?  And if you think about it, it's actually kinda cool. Sort of like a default Foursquare you never have to monitor, capable of neat little videos that details your every move for the last ten months. Who wouldn't like that?

Nevertheless, Apple will fix it.

According to Boy Genius Report, the worrywarts and privacy sticklers will finally get their way. In two weeks, possibly sooner, Apple will release an update to iOS which will fix the iPhone tracking issue. Of the things being fixed:

  • 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.

So, to all the whiners who never wished to have their privacy invaded or be talked down to in flippant press releases: You're welcome.

(See also: Apple Remains Boldly Arrogant in iPhone Tracking Press Release and Google Faces $50 Million Fine for Android Tracking Data)

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