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Apple answers location recording fears, promises a software fix

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Apple answers location recording fears, promises a software fix - read the full textIn the last few days Apple took lots of negative feedback concerning the location tracking affair. Today Apple released a Q&A statement, which admits to the tracking and calls it a 'bug'. An update to fix it is on the way though. There are ten Q&A's in Apple’s statement concerning the iPhone...


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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-28 00:48 from 0c$1 - click to readNo. If you read my comment properly and the comment I was replying to. You'll see that I was responding to a statement from a guy who claimed that carriers don't track and store data when clearly they do. I never mentioned it in relation to what apple has done. I happen to agree that it is wrong of apple.

The fact is. We are tracked every day on our phones. I'm glad to see apple is backtracking but as an iPhone owner I'm angry that without the vigilance of these two guys, apple would still be doing this and have only backtracked because they got found out. If I was another device user I'd be worried about what everyone else is doing that hasn't been discovered yet because I don't believe for a second that the likes of google, samsung et al are morally innocent companies. They're all big, arrogant corporations.

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  • 2011-04-29 12:07
  • 3Wrs

Apple uses the word "DISCOVERED" on their r they saying they dont know wat is in the millions of EYE-phones thy have sold to the world.this is beyond utter disgust...

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  • 2011-04-29 08:11
  • 9I6w

> In reply to eXiLeD aSsAsSiN @ 2011-04-28 18:09 from mqM5 - click to readyou've been watching too many TERMINATOR movies.

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  • 2011-04-29 06:27
  • vGAV

agree.. they will just hide it they good on that hahahahaha .. in the army if they commit mistake they will say its just a training exercise, in the goverment they will say court will hadle it, and in the apple comapny they call it a BUG hahahah yeah right ... that's why check it out the company on top are the people that knows how to outsmart others hahahahahah

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  • 2011-04-29 03:31
  • vxt3

I really dont care. Any modern mobile can track you. Any modern mobile can be installed with software that will log your sms's and phone calls and even place them on the webpage for you. I have seen this operating on a Nokia. I works dam well. Do you really know what software is on the mobile from your employer private or Government.

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  • 2011-04-29 02:40
  • sS$x

they wont fix it. instead they'll just hide it

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  • 2011-04-28 18:56
  • fqxu

Bug, what a joke. A bug would include a little more or less in the file, not create and populate a file. The only "bug" or "feature" is the lack of encryption on the file itself. What fool of a developer didn't realize this file would be discovered and induce additional costs for Apple? What really bothers me about Apple, is how dishonest they are. xman

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  • 2011-04-28 18:54
  • DIx8

oh dear a "BUG"
the term bug implicates a piece of software malfunctioning it must be a rather intelligent bug to track, collect and store all user location data in the apple AKA SKYNET/CYBERDYNE servers im quite worried my iPhone is now going to become self aware and prceed to kill me and my family this is not a bug apple its software that does what you designed it to!!!!!!!!

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  • 2011-04-28 18:09
  • mqM5

What ever happen to "We do not track locations, Androids do" statement?

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  • 2011-04-28 15:35
  • PVWh

Apple are being very black and white about this whole thing, whilst other phone manufacturers like Samsung and Nokia are being VERY VERY quiet. Collecting information on wifi hotspots is perfectly normal, it's just the fact that it is saved for too long is what the critics are latching on to. It doesn't matter about the means, ALL phones collect data about yourself. And its YOU who agree to it in the terms and conditions.

This is just another example of Apple's critics taking a story and blowing it out of all proportion.

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  • 2011-04-28 14:35
  • IaHU

If your don't have an iphone? Lucky me! There's no one tracking me!

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  • 2011-04-28 14:09
  • fqxx

BUG?! hahah who are you fooling apple?!

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  • 2011-04-28 14:05
  • fqxx


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  • 2011-04-28 13:00
  • IVU%

"BUG"? Oh yeah. Just like antenna gate problem, Apple just can't admit their fault! That's just another reaseon why I stay away from Apple products.

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  • 2011-04-28 12:15
  • L4xt

Apple also collects anonymous traffic data to provide “iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years”.

What happens after a couple of years??

Apple is so clever, first they would do a mistake and then they would try and cover it up by giving some awful statements and if that does not work, they would go ahead and state/ admit 'Oh yeah, itz just a bug & would b fixed by an update.'

Apple you know what, just damn you and your updates.

Apple is nothing but just a co- operate Spy.


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  • 2011-04-28 11:38
  • vG0w

I am a software developer. Collecting that kind of information is by no way accidental. Bugs, my ass.

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  • 2011-04-28 11:28
  • TKbw

why do they all justify it as to being to improve your experience?

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  • 2011-04-28 11:01
  • uBMf

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-28 09:18 from pqya - click to readI believe you, got an iPod Touch too for browsing and games. And a Desire S...

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  • 2011-04-28 10:29
  • t7JG

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-28 09:18 from pqya - click to readActually, yes and no.

I used to have ipod touch gen 4 as well, but in the end i sold it and got iphone 4. The reason? Iphone has double the memory, GPS, much better camera and it is a phone. With that, I don't need carry 2 devices.

So if you think that you can take the remaining S$300 to get a good phone and don't mind that, that's good. For me i prefer the other option.

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  • 2011-04-28 09:48
  • ijWe

> In reply to anonymouse @ 2011-04-28 05:15 from t}BQ - click to readyup that's right. it's really frustrating that they go on reasoning with people for whatever mistake they have.
But one thing i learned from business school is that, even if you, yourself have your own business, you cannot just admit a mistake. you have to protect your business and come up with an explanation of the issue and just provide a solution for that. its better than not fixing it at all.
Android and Apple doesnt want to commit mistakes. who does. but if they go on everyday like "oh im sorry its our fault we'll fix it", "oh im sorry again, that's another fault, we'll work on it" etc..., it will be worse for their business.

impt thing is, they are giving us solutions. nothing is perfect.

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  • 2011-04-28 09:41
  • P@1x

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