iOS 7: It Can Track Your Every Move?
So, while perusing the Huffington Post both for blog inspiration here and just to see what this site had to say about the world, I stumbled upon an article about the next iPhone. I first read about iOS 7 on another blog on redOrbit, but that really just focused on the design aspects. I did not think more about the new iOS. Then I read this article on the Huffington Post, and I was creeped out.
But I am getting ahead of myself here. Let’s look at the information in the Huffington Post article. “Apple’s new operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 7, will track your movements and save your “frequent locations,” as one Hacker News commenter discovered on Thursday. So far, only a handful of developers have iOS 7, which will be released to the general public in September. BuzzFeed confirmed with Apple that this location tracking is, indeed, a real iOS 7 feature that will be available to consumers. The Huffington Post reached out to Apple for more information as well.”
Okay, wait a minute. My phone will record where I have been all day. Yeah, that’s a little bit freaky. Now, I should point out that you can disable this feature, but you would have to know that it is there doing its thing first, and many less techy people simply will not realize it is there recording every place they go. For this reason, I wanted to write about the article’s information. People should know what their technology is doing. For real.
So, what is Apple’s goal with this new creeper function? Well, it is two-fold. First, the innocuous reason is to give you suggestions of nearby places to visit. Okay, I can see how that would be helpful. I mean, I travel a lot, so having a feature on my phone that would allow me to know exactly what is around me – including food, events, museums, buildings, et ecetera – could be a really neat way to get to know a city. But I have traveled long and far for many years and found places on my own without my phone, as have others for decades and centuries. I do not think I need my phone to make suggestions for me. Plus, I do not want it recording every place I have been.
The second goal is to improve the Apple maps app. As the Huff Post article says, “The discovery drives home why Apple decided to ditch Google Maps and built its own mapping software last year, despite Google’s seven-year head start. Without its own maps app, Apple would have a much harder time building location-based features without help from Google, Microsoft or another rival.”
I get it. The app business is about profits and use, but I still do not like that my phone will make records to help out Apple maps. Creepy.
I have probably read Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World one too many times, but I just feel like this is too much. I will most definitely be one of those who disables this function of iOS 7 should it really be a part of the new system. I guess I will not know until it is released, though. Perhaps this blog is nothing more than speculation, and the iOS 7 will not have such a feature. Regardless, I think it is important to know what the tech scuttlebutt is on the upcoming software.