iOS 4.3.3 Update Tweaks Controversial User Location Tracking

Calling it a “bug,” Apple has responded to the backlash surrounding the revelation that iOS devices have been keeping track of their owner’s movements via a hidden file full of timestamped map locations by releasing a new software update designed to minimize the extent of the tracking. It does not, however, get rid of it.

iOS 4.3.3 shrinks the cache storing the location data. The cache no longer backs up to iTunes. And the cache gets deleted when users turn off “Location Services.”

So now there’s a way for concerned users to opt out of the service and the depth of the recorded data has been reduced. This should mollify the bulk of the critics while letting Apple continue to do what it wants. Smells like winning.

Here are direct download links:

iPhone 4 (GSM)
iPhone 4, iOS 4.2.8 (Verizon)
iPhone 3GS
iPad 2 WiFi
iPad 2 GSM
iPad 2 CDMA
iPod touch 3G
iPod touch 4G

Download iTunes 10.2.2 for Windows and Mac

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