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Apple releases iOS 4.3.3, fixes location bug

Apple released an update to iOS 4 today that addresses some concerns over a file that stores location data. (BRENDAN MCDERMID)

The iOS 4.3.3 update reduces the size of the chunk of a crowd-sourced location database stored on individual devices, stops the file from being backed-up on iTunes and deletes the file entirely if a user disables location services.

Apple promised to release the update in a Q&A released a week after Pete Warden and Alasdair Allen published their report on the file. The company also promised that the file would be encrypted in the next big iOS release.

The update is available through iTunes.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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