A report reveals that apple is able to still record your location data through a loophole in its location services on IOS 13. Meaning that the latest generation of iPhones may not give users as much control over their privacy as Apple would have them believe.
Krebs discovered the issue on a new iPhone 11 Pro running the latest version of iOS 13. Users have reported issues with always-on location tracking in Apple discussion forums.
In a video, Krebs disabled Maps, Siri, and individual System Services settings manually from the Location Services menu in Settings. He also enabled the setting to show the arrow-shaped Status Bar Icon and left the Location data tab enabled.
Krebs then put the phone in Airplane Mode in the Control Center. Afterward, the arrow icon appeared in the Status Bar despite there being no apps open apart from Settings.
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Location Debacle Related to iPhone 11’s Hardware
Krebs says this wasn’t the issue on an iPhone 8. This is despite the phone running the most recent version of iOS 13. He further suggested that the issue might be related to the iPhone 11’s hardware and support for WiFi 6.
“may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device.”
When Krebs contacted the company about the issue, one Apple engineer said that the Location Services icon “appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings.” This suggests that users cannot, disable all location-based system services as Apple suggests.
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