Apple iOS Update Will Prevent Location Data From Being Logged

Apple will release an update for its iOS platform that fixes the location bug found on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Citing a source within the company, BGR reported that iOS update version 4.3.3 will fix the location data gathering bug and will be released within the next two weeks.

The update will fix the location tracking bug that emerged after a group of British researchers discovered a hidden file on the iPhone that allegedly stores users’ location data and shares it with Apple.

Succumbing to pressure from privacy groups and customers, Apple was forced to released an official explanation regarding its practices, a break from Apple's normal behaviour. The company claimed that it did not store users’ location data. Instead, it stored the cellular and Wi-Fi hotspot data to form a database that tracks network traffic for a future service.

The company also said that a bug in iOS allowed it to collect and store Wi-fi location information longer than it should. The alleged bug also collected data even when a device’s location features were turned off.

The iOS 4.3.3 update to be released by Apple will prevent the bug from backing up location data when synced with iTunes, reduce the size of the cache that stores the data and allow the data to be deleted once the location services were turned off.