Apple releases iPhone and iPad software update to fix user location tracking

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Apple releases iPhone and iPad software update to fix user location tracking

Jenny Williams

Apple has pushed out a software update to fix a location-tracking bug on its iPhone and iPad devices.

The company came under fire after claims the Apple products had been tracking users' locations, containing a record on the "devices" file of everywhere iPhone and iPad users had been.

Apple's software update 4.3.3 makes changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache, including reducing the size of the cache, not backing up the cache to iTunes and deleting the cache when location services are turned off.

Apple previously said a bug was responsible for updating Wi-Fi data even when consumers turned off its location services. Apple says it had never tracked users' locations and has no plans to ever do so.

"The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it's maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested," said Apple.

The update is available to download via iTunes for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad and iPod touch (4th and 3rd generation).


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