Apple will issue version 4.3.3 of iOS in the next two weeks, it has been claimed.
The Boy Genius Report website reported this week that it had seen a pre-release version of iOS 4.3.3 and that it will address the concerns of privacy campaigners aghast at the revelation that iPhones were logging location data without their owners’ knowledge.
One of the most disturbing issues was the collection of this data even when Location Services on the phone were disabled – something that will reportedly be addressed by iOS 4.3.3.
In a lengthy Q&A document about the issue, Apple promised to provide an update that ‘reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone; ceases backing up this cache; and deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off’.
According to BGR, iOS 4.3.3 does exactly what Apple said it will do, with the location data stored on the iPhone no longer backed up to iTunes when the device is synced.
In addition, iOS 4.3.3 fixes some bugs suffered by the iPod touch and improves the battery life of iOS devices.