Apple Updates iOS To Fix Location Bugs [4.3.3 Available Now]



Just seven days after Steve Jobs promised to fix the location tracking bugs in iOS, an update is available now for download through iTunes.

A free download, iOS 4.3.3 fixes three bugs related to location tracking:

  • The cache of location data is limited to just one week.
  • The data is no longer backed up to your computer.
  • The cache is deleted when Location Services are disabled in iOS’s Settings app.

The data isn’t encrypted, but Apple says that will be fixed in the next major update, likely iOS 5, which is expected at WWDC in early June.

The 4.3.3 update applies to the iPhone (4 and 3GS, but not the iPhone 3G); iPad (1 and 2); and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen, but not 1st or 2nd gen).

There’s a separate 4.2.8 update for the Verizon iPhone 4 (the CDMA phone is still on a different fork of iOS).

Update or no, Apple is still expected to testify at a May 10 Congressional hearing about mobile tracking.

  • Chuck

    Were the iPod touches collecting WiFi location data? I thought it really only applied to cell tower and/or GPS equipped devices.

  • scott ronan

    Great I’m trying to setup my new iPhone 4 I just got and now the iPhone verification servers are being hammered by everyone trying to get this update. So I can’t setup my new iPhone.

  • Fred Lewis

    So does this mean that for those of us who still have iPhone 3G with IOS 4.2.1 are SOL because this update is not available to us ???

    I anxiously await a iPhone 5 sometime later in the year but for now shouldn’t I feel a little left out ?

    A new IOS update to fix that crap called 4.2.1 should have been issued long ago rather than abandoning us 3G users – this would have been the perfect excuse / time to implement it but instead we have been passed over again…..

  • BB Caspian

    Hope it will fix my home button unresponsiveness bug

  • SavedByTechnology

    Got to hand it to Steve; he’s a man of his word.

  • SavedByTechnology

    Yes, because iTouches do use cell tower/wifi triangulation to determine your closest location.

  • poppa1138

    did collecting user location data have any connection to the MobileMe locate my phone service?

  • Voorman

    on apps and browsers only, on maps and google earth they can’t point your location

  • Vorsos

    The 3G still received support longer than most non-Apple smartphones that have been released and summarily obsoleted within the last two years. Feel free to complain, but the grass is most certainly browner on the other side.

    I wonder if such a short limit on cache data will negatively impact the speed at which it determines my location…