by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
bug, ipad, iphone, location, patents, privacy, tracking


Apple Takes Credit For 'Uncovering' Its Patented Location 'Bug' That Isn't Really Tracking You, But Which It'll Fix

from the reality-distortion dept

Apple and Steve Jobs are semi-famous for the "reality distortion field" that sometimes comes with Apple product announcements. But can it do the same when it screws up. It took a week after the kerfuffle last week concerning iPhones and iPads storing your location for Apple to finally respond, and the full response is an amusing study in corporate doublespeak.

As far as I can tell, Apple's key points are:
  1. Apple (not researchers, or tons of other people who have noted this "bug" for a year or so) "discovered" a bug with location data on the phone:
    The reason the iPhone stores so much data is a bug we uncovered and plan to fix shortly
  2. There's no tracking going on. There's nothing to see here.
    Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.
  3. Even though there's no tracking and nothing to see here, it's still a bug which will be fixed.
  4. The reason people are concerned about this is because people are confused.
Got that? People are confused and there's nothing to see here, but Apple has discovered a minor bug which will be fixed.

Oh, and did we mention that Apple has also applied for a patent on this particular "bug"?

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    You're missing the point, 27 Apr 2011 @ 4:20pm

    Carriers already track every cell phone at all times. Apple, Google cheap crappy Nokias all being tracked all the time. I've done stories on plenty of fugitives who were caught this way. Also, did I miss Techdirt's story on Google's response? I'm sure it's here somewhere.

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