Saturday, 14 December, 2019

IPhone 11 Pro collects location data even when it shouldn't, researcher says

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Cecil Davis | 04 December, 2019, 21:30

The affordable models will include a simple dual camera setup as in the iPhone 11.

Krebs notes that even after switching off location services for all apps individually (the master setting for location services was intentionally left "on"), he noticed the location services indicator periodically suggested the phone was still picking up location data.

Not an "actual security implication" Apple is big on privacy, so much so that they had a billboard hoarding that said, "What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone", at CES 2019 just to take a jibe at Google.

Only a few details are available right now, but the Cupertino-based tech giant could use the spring timeframe for the introduction of the more affordable models, while the fall launch would only be used for premium devices like the Pro and the Pro Max models.

However, Krebs claims that users are not able to turn off location tracker for certain services when using the iPhone 11 Pro - even if they toggle shows it is blocked. It instructed every app on its iPhone 11 Pro to stop sending any location data, but found that the phone still displayed signs that it was sending information every so often.

However, Krebs is not sold on Apple's claims and believes the firm has "some system services that query your location regardless of whether one has disabled this setting individually for all apps and iOS system services".

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But it goes on to add, "You can also disable location-based system services by tapping on "System Services" and turning off each location-based system service".

He contacted Apple about his on November 13 to report it as a privacy bug.

"It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled".

While we may scoff at this notion, Apple, for its part needs to do something to make the iPhone 12 package attractive to new users. One, Apple wants to smooth out the seasonality in its income.

Pair the most popular smartphone with the upcoming 5G wireless technology and it could produce combustible gains for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with heavy weightings of Apple stock.