Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple fixes location tracking bug in iPhone 11 chip

Apple fixes location tracking bug in iPhone 11 chip

With the release of the second iOS 13.3.3.1 beta, Apple has added the ability to completely disable the Ultra Wideband chip on the iPhone 11 series.

Apple said this was expected behavior due to the Ultra Wideband chip and that the iPhone was working as designed, explaining that location data should be used because there are worldwide regulatory requirements that force the U1 chip to be deactivated in certain locations.

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The new toggle was spotted in the latest iOS 13.3.1 beta by a YouTube creator named Brandon Butch. "Earlier, a security researcher discovered the Apple iPhone 11 Pro constantly checks for location even the 'Location Services" has been disabled. It allows for, among other things, more precise positional tracking for devices that are near each other, which could enhance things like AirDrop and Apple's rumored tracking devices for lost possessions.

While Apple emphasized that the company isn't collecting location data and that the UWB checks take place "entirely on the device", it promised to roll out a dedicated toggle for the chip to assuage people's fears. It does, however, seem that Apple has listened to concerns regarding UWB and its use of Location data. Reportedly, the new location toggle is marked as "Networking & Wireless". "The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings". It appears be pleased switching it off triggers a suggested that claims "Turning off station for Networking & Wi-fi would possibly possibly hang an influence on Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Extremely Wideband efficiency".

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