May 4, 2011 | Andy Boxall
The rumor only appeared the other day and when it did, the suggestion was we’d have to wait a couple of weeks for the release of iOS 4.3.3, but guess what, if you sync your device with iTunes right now, it’s ready for download.
Like the two previous iOS 4.3 updates, this has no new features and is purely designed to deal with those pesky location tracking issues. The discovery that iPhones were storing and backup up user location data – or cell tower/Wi-Fi hotspot data as it turned out – forced Apple to officially respond to the uproar, promising a fix would soon appear.
The iTunes box says the following:
This update contains changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache including:
- Reduces the size of the cache.
- No longer backs the cache up to iTunes.
- Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.
It’s compatible with all iOS 4.3 devices, but only the GSM version of the iPhone. Verizon iPhone owners haven’t lost out though, as they’ve got version 4.2.8 available too, which provides the same changes as 4.3.3.
Hopefully this should calm everyone down!