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Apple releases iOS 4.3.3, fixes location bug

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod

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Apple has released iOS 4.3.3, the latest version of its mobile operating system for the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM), iPod touch 3G, and iPod touch 4G. According to Apple’s release notes, the update contains changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache; the update reduces the size of the cache, no longer backs up the cache to iTunes, and deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off. The database in question was the cause of a recent uproar over Apple’s supposed location tracking, leading the company to release a Q&A document in which it gave an explanation for the cache, and blamed its large size on a “bug.” iOS 4.3.3 is available now via the Update feature in iTunes; a similar update, iOS 4.2.8, is also available for the CDMA iPhone 4.

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1

Are there any changes besides the location “issue”? I can’t say I feel like downloading and updating a bunch of devices to fix something that wasn’t really an issue to begin with.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on May 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM (PDT)

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Unless Apple knew in advance that this day was coming and got a head start on it, I doubt there is any other significant change given the speed at which they got this released. Perhaps a more relevant question is, “what did they break in the process?”

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on May 4, 2011 at 11:53 AM (PDT)

3

Still no 4.3.x for us CDMA iPhone folks

Posted by Clint on May 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM (PDT)

4

@2: Exactly - not going to try and fix an issue that I don’t even see as an issue and risk discovering a real issue their poor QA let out the door again.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on May 4, 2011 at 3:02 PM (PDT)

5

Downloading it right now.

Too bad it doesn’t have any new features. Oh well.

Posted by Josh C. on May 4, 2011 at 4:51 PM (PDT)

6

I wish Apple would just release a Security Update fix that addresses this specific issue, and make it available for all iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad users who are using some version of iOS4.x— but for whatever reason have chosen not to upgrade to anything past 4.1 (i.e., speed issues, prefers iTunes 9 over iTunes 10, etc.).

Apple releases Security Updates and similar patches for Leopard and Snow Leopard that don’t require you have the latest interim version installed.  Why can’t they do the same for the iOS?

Posted by JimmyBobSmith on May 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM (PDT)

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@6:  There are two reasons.  1-  Another chance to stop jailbreakers.  2-  Because St. eve of Jobs simply doesn’t want to…

Posted by The Digital Alchemist on May 5, 2011 at 4:48 PM (PDT)

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I just downloaded this new update and now am having battery issues. Anyone else having this problem. How annoying. How can I set it back to 4.3.2?

Posted by mondi on May 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM (PDT)

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