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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RE: Comment by sicofante
by bloodline on Thu 28th Apr 2011 10:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by sicofante"
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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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