Three of the press release Apple: White iPhone, iPad 2 and the tracking of users


Typically, such a number of press releases are published only during special events or when Apple releases new products, but today’s press center of the Cupertino-based company decided to disclose the date of commencement of sales of white iPhone iPad 4 and 2 in another 12 countries, also formally respond to the charges in the secret “spying” on users.

Starting from April 28, 2011 White model iPhone 4 will be available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and USA, and after a certain time – and other countries around the world. Phil Schiller to thank all who “waited patiently” for this moment.

Also, tomorrow in Japan will start selling iPad 2, and the next day to the country will join Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE. So everyone who comes to the 9 am to Apple Store or authorized reseller stores will be able to get a brand new tablet (though we know what turns him lined up).

But the most interesting is the third press release, which I decided to transfer. It is dedicated to answering questions related to the preservation of secret data on the location of users in iOS. Here we go:

1. Why Apple keeps track of the location on my iPhone?

Apple does not track the location of your iPhone . Apple had it not engaged and not planning it ever do so.

2. Then why are all so worried?

Providing mobile users with fast and accurate information on their whereabouts while maintaining their confidentiality raises complex technical issues, about which is difficult to describe in brief. Members are worried because the creators of new technologies (including Apple) to date have not provided enough information about it.

3. Why my iPhone records my location?

iPhone does not record your location. Rather, it collects a database of Wi-Fi spots and cellular towers around your current location to help the device quickly and accurately calculate the coordinates of the first request. Such a calculation only on GPS data can take a couple of minutes. iPhone also can reduce this time to a few seconds and quickly find the GPS-satellites due to the data on hot spots and cellular towers, and even triangulate your location when there is available to the GPS (eg indoors or in basements). These calculations are carried out through a special database, which is filled with millions of iPhone , but it is done in an anonymous and encrypted.

4. And this database is stored on the iPhone?

The whole database is too large to be stored on the iPhone , so we load only a certain part of it (the cache). This cache is protected but not encrypted, and stored during the backup. Encrypt backup or not, depends on the choice of users to iTunes. Location data, researchers have found do not correspond to the past or the present location of the iPhone , is the location of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers that are in the neighborhood, or even more than a hundred miles from the iPhone . We plan to discontinue support of the cache in the near future.

5. Can Apple to find me on the basis of these data?

No data is sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted, and therefore can not determine their source.

6. Some users find the information that was stored for over a year. Why does my iPhone have to much data to help determine my location today?

The reason the iPhone saves so much data – this is a mistake, which we have found and plan to fix soon. For normal operation, iPhone should be enough information in the last 7 days.

7. How much is my iPhone, when I turn the settings locating services, continues to receive data from the database Apple?

This should not be and we will correct this mistake soon.

8. What are the data gets to the Apple iPhone, in addition to its database of access points and cellular towers

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