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 is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.