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According to Boy Genius Report, Apple (s aapl) is preparing to release iOS 4.3.3 “within the next two weeks, possibly sooner.” The purported update will specifically address the iPhone “tracking” issue that has mesmerized the mainstream media, specifically:
- The location database will no longer be backed up to iTunes.
- The location database cache, and thus the number of days logged, will be reduced.
- When Locations Services are off, the database will be deleted.
Additionally, battery life improvements are claimed, as well as “iPod bug fixes.” To BGR’s credit, they correctly predicted the release of iOS 4.3.2 within a two-week time frame last month, but the imminent release of iOS 4.3.3 should surprise no one. Last week, Apple took the extraordinary steps of issuing a press release stating a fix was on the way, and making company executives, including CEO Steve Jobs available for an interview.
Unfortunately, an issue impacting a far smaller number of users is not mentioned in the rumored update. A minority of Verizon (s vz) iPad 2s continue to have connectivity issues with Verizon’s network. The most benign of problems results in Verizon iPads requiring data roaming to be turned on to acquire a 3G connection. Supposedly, iOS 4.3.2 was supposed to fix this, but iPad owners continue to report connectivity-related issues in Apple Community discussions. If you have a Verizon iPad 2 with problems, restrained expectations for iOS 4.3.3 are probably a good idea.