iOS 4.3.3 coming soon, will fix location database

BGR has been leaked iOS 4.3.3, the upcoming firmware we first heard about as part of Apple's location data Q&A. Apparently, this is what we'll be getting:

  • The update will no longer back up the location database to iTunes.
  • The size of the location database will be reduced.
  • The location database will be deleted entirely when Location Services are turned off.
  • Battery life improvements.
  • iPod bug fixes.

Anything else they should be fixing


Rene Ritchie

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.

  • "Battery Life Improvements?" damn, and i thought 4.3.2 was good. bring it on Stevie-Boi!
  • easier to jailbreak :D
    But i know that wont happen
  • Eliminate the interference with wifi and BT being on at the same time - has been a bug since iPhone4 came out.
  • I know Verizon customers are the minority, but does this mean only ATT customers have the luxury of not having thier location tracked?
  • Let's hope it fixes autofocus when recording video.
  • Landscape screen captures.
  • Waiting for it 
  • How about the blue/green spot on indoor pics? I know it's more of a hardware issue, but there is an app to counter that, so iOS 4.3.3 could adress the issue as well.
  • Video airplay from the photo album and other 4.3 updates would be nice for the Verizon iPhone.
  • Rumor has it that you will be able save and publish you database to twitter. Hope its true.
  • There's one thing I don't see anyone talking about: how will this help iPhone 3G users fix the "locationgate" issue, if the iPhone 3G stopped getting updates?
  • The iPhone 3G never had a "locationgate", so what's to update?
  • I was under the impression that "locationgate" started with iOS 4. I have iOS 4.2.1 on my iPhone 3G. Why is it not affected?
  • I hope they fix the 3g connectivity issues on non official carrier for factory unlocked iphones, there's a bunch if people having this issue after 4.3.1 abd 4.3.2 updates. Carriers say is an apple issue and apple say its a carriers issue, however the issue does not happen before 4.3.1 update.
  • Osama bin laden won't get this update :) LMAO.
  • Lulz
  • @David - That was pretty funny, I don't care who you are.
  • Not that I need the memory, but if they are eliminating location data does that mean some memory will be freed up?
  • The remaining 3-4% reliability of my unlock slider needs to be fixed still.
  • I agree. i would like to see it fixed as well.
  • Hope this will not impact the performance of my location based apps. If so, hope there there will be an option to keep the data on my phone.
  • Wifi sync would be great too, altough not technically a fix.
  • The only thing I'd like to really see fixed is the stupid lock slider not wanting to slide about 40% of the time.
  • Been having that issue too.
  • Holy moly, so I'm not the only one? I thought it was because I was wiping my phone too much or something.
  • Will this Software Update be available for the Verizon iPhone 4?
  • Notifications need.fixing. rene don't bash them like you did last night. Once Apple improves it you'll be saying its the best thing since sliced bread.
  • I'm guessing this is GSM only?
  • I wish they'd fix the issue where synced Calendar items get deleted off my iPad 2 when restarting it. They resync back to the device when I open the Calendar (or if auto-fetch is enabled), but if I forget to do so I miss appointments.
    Also I had my iPad 2 completely lock up on me the other day with a black screen. Needed to do a reset (home + lock for 10 seconds) to recover. First time I've ever seen that.
  • The camera roll behind "Albums" bug. Just happened to me again, hate it.
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO That feature was SO sick it got me all over the map even my trip to Kazakhsthan 3 years ago!!!!!!
    KEEP It IN!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT TO KNOW WHERE I WAS!!!
  • Who gives 2 damns. My wife decided it was useful so thats when the fight started.
  • Apple really needs to implement over the air updates for minor improvements like this. I only update if there is a feature that I really want like the boosted safari in 4.3.1. If apple just went OTA for little stuff like this it would make it easier for all of us to stay up to date. They also need to eliminate their current total OS overhaul model of updating for a more incremental system like every other normal company. Sitting at a computer for an hour while I update my iPhone and then have to re-jailbreak on top of that really doesn't tickle my fancy.
  • Does anyone else have an issue where most photos on the iPhone suddenly seem badley pixilated? It's driving me crazy, anyone else have that issue or am I the only one?
  • Yeah....I have experienced poor pictures as well.
  • Battery life improvement would be a big plus. Right after my last update battery life went to the worst I've ever had on an iPhone and I've had iPhones since the first was just released. And yes, of course get rid of the shady tracking data.
  • 4.3.2 seems to have taken care of the Home button issue, unless my Home button just decided to right itself finally. I hope 4.3.3 doesn't mess with that.
    Yeah, been experience some strange iPod issues. Like one time the phone seemed to think I had no music at all, and even iTunes would read the amount of space used for music so I was starting to freak but a reset fixed that.
  • Ya I have the camera roll issue too, and even with the latest update my home button takes 5-6 clicks to work, where it was fine when I first got this phone and it's been babied
  • i hve problem using this OS..all my apps are not working..can someone help me abt it?