Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Apr 2011 21:40 UTC
Apple Apple has responded to the location data thing, and as it turns out, most of us moderate folk were completely right. Apple claims the data isn't sent to Apple, and that the storing of the information is a bug Apple will fix in the coming weeks. Still a very nasty and potentially dangerous bug, but not the massive privacy issue many made it out to be. Also, a new colour iPhone is out, which, if you were to believe the gadget and Apple sites, is yet another Apple revolution.
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Comment by sicofante
by sicofante on Thu 28th Apr 2011 03:19 UTC
sicofante
Member since:
2009-07-08

Have they explained WHY do they do it?

That's what makes people paranoid. There are ZERO reasons to keep such a database anywhere. You need my location for some app to work? Fine. What do you need my whole location history for again?

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RE: Comment by sicofante
by dvhh on Thu 28th Apr 2011 05:05 in reply to "Comment by sicofante"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

To provide more accurate location, instead of using GPS (that offers bad accuracy).
And to get rid of their dependency on skyhook.

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RE[2]: Comment by sicofante
by JAlexoid on Thu 28th Apr 2011 12:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by sicofante"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

To provide more accurate location, instead of using GPS (that offers bad accuracy).
And to get rid of their dependency on skyhook.


GPS and bad accuracy? Have you actually any idea how AGPS works?
They need it to increase the location acquisition speed, not accuracy. Civilian GPS offers 4m of accuracy(or something), while AGPS may start with 1.5km accuracy and narrow it down as more GPS satellite data is received.
In fact, with that data you don't even need GPS to establish your approximate location.

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RE: Comment by sicofante
by bloodline on Thu 28th Apr 2011 10:39 in reply to "Comment by sicofante"
bloodline Member since:
2008-07-28

Have they explained WHY do they do it? That's what makes people paranoid. There are ZERO reasons to keep such a database anywhere. You need my location for some app to work? Fine. What do you need my whole location history for again?


Scott Forstall already said, Apple chose a 2mb cache of local location points... Turns out that 2mb can hold over a year's worth of data... The next OS update will prune the cache to only the last 7 days... I recon that will make the location service both faster and more accurate, so plenty of win here.

And to answer the first part of your question, the cache allow much faster location services, as it can take minutes for the GPS to work and also it allows great accuracy than GPS alone would offer. I would be surprised if all other location aware devices DIDN'T use a similar system ;)

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