Apple Releases iOS 4.3.3 and iOS 4.2.8 With Location Bug Fixes


Apple released iOS 4.3.3 (and iOS 4.2.8 for Verizon iPhones) Wednesday, which brings changes in the way location information is stored and backed up, as well as a number of other fixes and improvements. Apple promised this update after the location storage cache was widely publicized two weeks ago.

As promised, the update changes the iOS location database file in the following ways, according to the update documentation:

  • Reduces the size of the cache
  • No longer backs the cache up to iTunes
  • Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off

In addition to location fixes, BGR reported that an early build of iOS 4.3.3 also included battery life improvements and fixes for the iPod music player. Apple seems to have moved very quickly to get this update out in order to allay customer concerns regarding location tracking. Has the company done enough to satisfy any worries you may have had?

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