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iOS 4.3.3 fixing location tracking is now available

It looks like Apple iOS programmers have been busy over the last week or so, fixing the much talked about issue with location data being store and transferred to computer, making it possible to track an iPhone owners movements for up to a year. They have now released iOS 4.3.3 which partly fixes this bug.

The new iOS 4.3.3 firmware release can be downloaded from iTunes now and will reduce the storage of location data on the device to a week, and stop it from syncing to a computer when you sync your device to iTunes. There is however still the issue of the data not being encrypted on the device, something that is expected to be fixed in a future upgrade.

iOS 4.3.3 is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, Apple iPad and iPad 2, as well as 3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch. There is no word yet on how this affects owners of the iPhone 3G.

Apple and Steve Jobs have said that they don’t track their customers, and that the information has been used primarily to assist with geolocation on the devices.

Hopefully there will not be as many bugs appearing once iOS 5 is released. It takes time to download 600mb updates every other week or so!

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