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Apple Fixes Location Privacy Problem With iPhone 11 Chip iOS 13.3.1 Beta Patch

Apple’s second iOS beta version iOS 13.3.1, released recently, also offers a toggle for disabling the device’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB) processor. It comes after rumors of privacy issues around the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro that even when users had switched off location services, they still monitored location data.

When that led to more questions and discussions, the iPhone maker said the behavior was because the UWB chip in the new iPhones is not widely approved around the world. So the iPhone 11 is using location services to check whether or not UWB can be used, 9to5Mac reported on Friday.

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“We do not see any actual security implications,” Apple engineer was previously quoted by Krebs On Security as saying. “It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings.”

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Apple had said in December that it would bring a dedicated toggle in location services to enable customers to turn off the feature entirely after giving an unsatisfactory answer.

In addition to the rumored iPhone 12 in September, Cupertino-based tech giant Apple reportedly plans to launch its first-ever 5G iPad in other Apple news.

For this, AppleInsider recently reported that a Taiwanese device company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has broken into the supply chain for Apple’s mmWave 5G iPhones and 5G iPads with its FC AiP (Flip Chip Antenna-in-Package) substratum technology.

Discovered by Brandon Butch, the second iOS 13.3.1 beta patch brought the toggle and labeled as “Networking & Wireless” under Privacy > Locations Services > System Services.

The iPad Pro is scheduled to update by Apple in early 2020, but a 5G edition could launch later that year.

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