Jobs: “We don’t track anyone”

Steve Jobs has descended from the foothills of Cupertino to assure users that, contrary to the very real evidence, Apple is not tracking your location. We expect that he is playing with words to mean that iDevices do not phone home location data to Apple, because it is undeniable that iOS collects it.

Jobs is also quick to point out that Android devices track user’s location, though Google has made a stament claiming that this option is “opt-in”. “We provide users with notice and control over the collection, sharing and use of location in order to provide a better mobile experience on Android devices.”


Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don’t track me.

Oh yes they do. We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false.

Sent from my iPhone

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber believes that consolidated.db is supposed to act as a cache for location data, but a bug prevents older data from being deleted. It’s possible that Apple will push out a fix (or, in the case that this “bug” is actually intentional, a reworking) of the code in the next iOS firmware update.


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