Apple wins points for quickly squashing location tracking “bugs” with iOS 4.3.3

Apple's quick response to concerns about user location tracking via its iPhones and iPads – in the form of iOS 4.3.3 released Wednesday – is earning the company praise from mobile industry watchers.

Apple has really been cranking out iOS updates of late, with version 4.3.2 released in mid-April to address FaceTime video chat and 3G wireless connectivity issues.

As Apple promised last week, iOS 4.3.3 cuts the size of the "iOS crowd-sourced location database cache" stashed on your device, no longer backs up the cache to iTunes and nixes the whole shebang when you turn off Location Services. Another update called 4.2.8 provides similar patching for the Verizon iPhone 4.

Here's what Apple watchers had to say about the software updates:

Macworld's Dan Moren on the iOS 4.3.3 release:

"Underpromise and overdeliver—always a good strategy. Apple said it would take a few weeks to issue an iOS update to fix a handful of bugs related to the storage of location data, but it's taken just seven days between that announcement and the appearance of iOS 4.3.3." Read the rest

Alex Wagner at Phonedog offers a warning for jailbreakers:

As most of you jailbreakers out there probably know by know, it'd be wise to avoid the 4.3.3/4.2.8 update until the hacking community can update all of the tools necessary to preserve your jailbreak. Read the rest

(Although iPhone Hack reports on rumors that 4.3.3 has already been jailbroken itself!)

iPhone Hacks on wanting just a little bit more:

"Despite rumors, the latest iOS software update does not seem to include the fix to improve battery life." Read the rest

Although there's always iOS 5, or whatever the next major version of the software is called, according to Apple Insider:

"Apple also promised that its next ‘major' iOS software release would encrypt the file on the iPhone, ensuring that the data could not be obtained by a third party for illicit purposes." Read the rest

iPhoneFreak sums things up:

"Hopefully this should calm everyone down!" Read the rest

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