As promised earlier, Apple released the iOS 4.3.3 Software Update on Wednesday, May 4. Apple claimed that the new update "contains changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache." The iOS 4.3.3 update reduces the size of the cache and no longer backs the cache up to iTunes.
Moreover, the software update also deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off. It is expected that the next update, iOS 5, may bring more changes to location data stored in the iOS devices. The iOS 5, which is expected to be released in Jun or Aug, will encrypt the location data in the cache.
Products compatible with iOS 4.3.3 software update:
* iPhone 4 (GSM model)
* iPhone 3GS
* iPad 2
* iPod touch (4th generation)
* iPod touch (3rd generation)
The iOS 4.3.3 software update is available through Apple iTunes. So, Apple is no longer a 'tracking company'. But, the controversy over tracking location has not yet over. A US court has asked Apple and Google to appear before the panel on May 10 to discuss the issues relating to mobile privacy.