Like many other tech bloggers I’ve had iOS7 installed on my iPhone 5 since the first beta was released. It’s a huge improvement on iOS6 and when I used a different phone with iOS6 on it for a few days, it really made me realise how lots of small UI changes amount to a better user experience. Anyway, along with pretty gradients and semi transparent panels, Apple are monitoring everywhere you go.
If you know where to look on your Settings app, you can access a list of places you’ve been – and more worryingly – how long you were at each location. It gives you a date, a time you arrived and a time you left any location. Click the image below for instructions on how to access this information:
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations
As you can see, it’s pretty extensive. While it won’t always get your location spot on, it’s still quite weird that Apple would be doing this without letting people know first. Of course, you can just turn off the Frequent Locations option and that’ll stop the tracking but that’s not really the point, is it?
It’s a dream come true for paranoid boyfriends/girlfriends though – a little bit like the story about the married couple after Find My Friends was launched. The husband suspected his wife of cheating and installed the Find My Friends app without her knowledge. Of course, she was cheating and when he’d ask where she was, she’d tell him she was at work – but she was at his friend’s house. Ouch.
Anyway, I digress – is Apple is tracking us “to provide useful location based information” (which so far I haven’t seen any evidence of) or is it something else? Let me know in the comments below!