iOS 4.3.3 coming soon?

iOS 4.3.3 coming soon?

As part of their location data Q&A, Apple today revealed that an iOS update -- iOS 4.3.3? -- would be arriving "Sometime in the next few weeks". So far, Apple has only revealed that the update will:

  • reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,
  • ceases backing up this cache, and
  • deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.

In the next major iOS software release the cache will also be encrypted on the iPhone.

While there probably won't be any feature enhancements until iOS 5 -- or possibly a interim iOS 4.4 -- update, it's possible Apple will use the update to fix other bugs as well.

We'll keep an eye out for it mid-May. Any software glitches in particularly you'd like Apple to fix?

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Rene Ritchie

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iOS 4.3.3 coming soon?


Sweet but who really cares. My cadi stores my location in it's black box and my EZpass does too. How do people think location based advertising works. More pissed I never even got notification direct from Sony yet.

Quite correct. Highlights the need for a legitimate spell check as it's is the default from apple. Too small a screen for large fingers.

I have no phone-related bugs I'd like fixed as of right now (knock on wood), but I too don't see the big deal about this location stuff. I don't go anywhere but school and work, anyway. I hope my phone has fun tracking that!

I don't think! Apple has ditched iPhone 3G to increase iPhone 3Gs/4 sales - That's the way life goes for Apple and all of us :)

Only thing I'd like to see (but not holding my breath, since it seems we aren't affected by this "gate") - Verizon iPhone support.

Safari is crashing on me every time I try and open it as of this morning. I've done the two button reset but I still get a crash after about 1 second of loading. I will try a restore tonight at home tonight. Anyone else suffering from this since last update?

Sometimes when I update an app on the phone, it tells me that it's installed even when it's a new update. I'd like to see that corrected.

I'm pretty happy with my iPhone 4 as it is, except for one thing that really annoys me: the greenish area that appears in the center of a picture when photographing anything on a light-colored background. I've read reports of others experiencing the same phenomenon, but I'm not sure if it occurs with every phone. Either way, I'd like to see it fixed :)

Yes, please correct the issue causing interference between bluetooth and wifi. Having to toggle things on and off all the time is a major PIA.

Fix battery life. Why wi-fi hotspot don't work with video game systems like nintendo wii, ps3 I find it useless besides my laptop.

Since apple is under a ton of pressure from some very high officials in the US, they better release this update for the 3G and maybe even 2G. Just because you have a phone that's a few years old does not mean that all security and privacy updates can be skipped.
Many people are sue happy in this world nowadays, and this topic would easily turn into a lawsuit, which in my opinion would be warranted.

Please fix the playlist issue. when you select a song on the playlist it plays the one after it. Not good.

I was a little dismayed when I saw that they were releasing an update very soon.... but only because I JUST upgraded and re-jailbroke my iPhone yesterday. I don't want to have to do it again so soon -- assuming that they don't fix the JB exploit of course.

How about making notifications do absolutely anything else besides open up dead smack in the middle of what you are doing, distracting you, and commanding your attention endlessly. How many brilliant PhD's in Apple Ergonomics thought that up? You can make a powerful computer as thin as a magazine, but allowing a device to halt you with whatever you are doing, and have no control to scuttle the never ending cavalcade of pop ups was a benefit to the user how? I've owned an IPad2 for all of two weeks, my first Apple device ever, and I can't for life of me understand how notifications are being managed this way on a device in 2011.

I guess I'm lucky. My iPhone 4 lasts all day. I never have to charge it during the day. I wish the native camera was faster... But there is an app for that.

Hopefully the location cache fix will also fix the non working GPS on the 3GS. It's a pain not getting a GPS lock 99% of the time.

In The last months i've started to see a small glowing vertical line (1pixel wide) along All The display. Does anyone have The same problem?