Tracking database only for making location finding faster for apps.
Apple today issued a lengthy Q & A over the past week’s fiasco where the company was accused of tracking location of its iPhone and iPad users.
In the article, Apple said that the device maintains a WiFi hotspot and cell tower database only to help finding user location faster for whenever the information is needed. The company denied of personally using the information and said that it never intends to do so, either.
Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone?
Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.
Why is my iPhone logging my location?
The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple.
Apple admitted to a bug where the device would continue to track and store information even when location sharing was switched off. In the upcoming iOS update, Apple intends to reduce the amount of WiFi hotspots and cell towers recorded by the device and make it so that it will auto-delete the information when location services are disabled.