In response to the recent kerfuffle surrounding the way its mobile devices collect and store location data (see “Apple Addresses Location Controversy Questions,” 27 April 2011), Apple has released the promised update to iOS that limits the location information the operating system gathers and caches. The new release is available in two versions: iOS 4.2.8 for the CDMA iPhone that operates on Verizon Wireless’s network, and iOS 4.3.3 for all other compatible iOS devices; these latter devices include the GSM iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, the iPad and iPad 2, and the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch. (Older devices limited to iOS 3 don’t suffer the same problems.) When updated, the iOS device retains a shorter history of location data than it previously did, and it does not back up that data to the user’s computer when the device syncs with iTunes. In addition, the device no longer collects any location information at all when Location Services is turned off. The updates are installed via iTunes. (Free)
Extract Directly from Time Machine
Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.
You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.
As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.
Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.
- Apple Addresses Location Controversy Questions (27 Apr 11)
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As our full coverage notes, however, the fixes to these bugs should be important only for the few people who have reason to be extremely concerned about there being very generalized location data (nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots, not GPS-level data) about their whereabouts stored on the phone and in their iTunes backups. For such people, an upgrade to a newer iPhone might be prudent.
Any working phone that is currently in circulation made by Apple should be supported when it comes to SECURITY issues. As for other, more sophisticated, upgrades to do with add-ons & features, of course, that is up to Apple. When hardware becomes outdated due to more advanced software demands, that is a whole other ball game. But security should not be an area where they can refuse a section of their market purely because they think a phone is old - heck, I'M still alive & it is MY security i'm talking about, not the phone's!