Steve Jobs points his finger at Android again over Apple tracking concerns

• 25/04/2011

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In true Steve Jobs form, he’s addressing the concerns everyone has heard about over Apple having ‘tracking’ code in iOS, by pointing the finger to someone else rather than just addressing the issue itself. The same thing happened with Apple’s iPhone 4 when signal issues were reported (Antennagate), Stevie said that ‘every smartphone has these problems, not just iPhones’, despite hardly anyone reporting these issues with other smartphones. To add to it, he said it must be the way consumers are holding the iPhone, blaming them rather than the poor antenna placement design. Then to save the day, he offers free iPhone bumpers that may help the signal. LOL

Now, people are concerned over their personal security and data because of code found in iOS that tracks your location and keeps record of it somewhere. Steve Jobs says the following;

Q: Steve,
Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don’t track me.

A: Oh yes they do. We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false.

Sent from my iPhone

There it is again, the old ‘we’re not guilty, but look over there….they are doing it too‘. Steve, just address the issue for once. As we showed here, Google is well aware along with their Android users that they can track, but it’s an ‘Opt-in’ service that everyone starting an Android device for the first time must either consent or deny. regardless, they are aware and have a choice. Apple users don’t.

The best part of all of this is they won’t admit they did anything wrong, but they WILL address it by saying ‘it must be a bug, so we’ll issue a fix’. Of course, this makes them unaccountable since its just a ‘bug’. We all still think it was intentional though, mainly due to the amount of time it took Apple to issue any statement at all when these stories first broke. The best they could come up with is ‘it must be a bug, and look, Google is doing it anyway’

What do you think, was this an intended feature so Apple knows what you’re buying and where you’re buying it? Or is this a perfectly designed bug with purpose that benefits Apple in recording data?

[Via – BGR]

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