Apple: no iPhone location tracking, free iOS software update for release

By on Apr 28, 2011 in Smartphone, Software, Technology, United States, World Comments

Apple said on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 that it has no iPhone location tracking, and will soon release a free iOS software update.

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Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone.” Apple said on their website on Wednesday, which was also reported earlier to have been denied by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.” Apple added, admitting that users got confused partly due to the lack of information given to them.

According to Apple, iPhone is not logging its location but rather maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around the current location, which some of them may be located more than a hundred miles away from the iPhone.

Apple also said that they cannot locate anyone based on his geo-tagged Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data, since this data is being sent to them in an anonymous and encrypted form.

In line with this, Apple noted that it will release a free iOS software update in the succeeding weeks, which will reduce the size of the Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone.

Apparently, this new software update will delete this cache entirely when the ‘Location Services’ is turned off, as this cache will also be encrypted on the iPhone in the next major iOS software update.

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