We’ve all heard the latest news that Apple seems to be tracking iPhone 11 even when a user disables location services. Apple talks a very, very big privacy game, and when it comes to privacy issues in the modern world, it is a never-ending story. We have just admired the iPhone September launch, and here are the first problems that Apple has to face.
What’s the big deal?
Well… it is a big deal because it may affect all the iPhone 11 users. Phone 11 Pro collects GPS data even when we disable individual location services in the settings. This happens also when a user has set their location services toggle to “Never.” It may be just a bug but it is also a rather serious location privacy flaw. The issue was discovered by security researcher Brian Krebs (he explains it in the video on his website). He found that Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro pings its GPS module to gather location data, even when told not to.
This applies only to users of the latest iPhone. The issue was not present on the previous versions of iPhones, so we all guess it is hardware related. Krebs thinks it might be caused by the new hardware brought in to support Wi-Fi 6. We have no evidence to support if it is true or not. The point is that there are system services in this model that require location data and cannot be switched off by users without completely turning off location services. The arrow icon still appears periodically even after all location-based system services have been deactivated individually.
What does Apple say about the rumor?
On December 5, a couple of days after Krebs’ published his report, Apple responded to the claims. Apple says the culprit is the new ultra wideband tech that has been built into the latest models. An Apple engineer told Krebs that the behavior was “expected”, and here it is what he added:
“We do not see any actual security implications. It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings.”
Apple has also claimed that it will fix this GPS data issue with the upcoming iOS update. Apple says also that it’s not collecting or storing this info. According to their explanation, this check is happening on the device itself only. Shouldn’t they have mentioned this a little bit earlier? We believe Apple should be more clear about why it needs to collect this information, and how it is going to be processed. We would then be calmer.
Are you an own of a iPhone 11 Pro? If you want to be sure that none of the iPhone services is collecting your location data, just disable location services completely in your settings. It will unfortunately seriously impact your phone’s usability. Turn location services on only for specific services such as maps if you really need it.
Protect your iPhone!
You may not be able to control the level of security of your privacy – and we are sorry to tell you that. This is how the modern world works, whether we like it or not. It’s Apple’s role to take care of our data. Your job is to protect your phone – especially a valuable phone like iPhone – in the best possible way. Your iPhone 11 requires high-quality protection. Take care of your iPhone, and buy an iPhone case which not only looks good, but also protects your phone from scratches and bumps. Check out our latest collection of iPhone 11 cases.
We’ve got an elegant plain colour models, but also black leather ones, transparent, and a brand new editions designed for National UAE Day. Everyone will find something for themselves. Be stylish. Be visible. Take care of your great-looking iPhone 11. After all, it’s really worth taking care of your phone.