Alissa Cooper wrote last week about some of the groundbreaking new location controls featured in the iPhone’s upcoming OS 4.0. I’ve never been one for technological caution, so I was excited to grab the new firmware to try out these features for myself.
The 3.0 version of the iPhone OS included a lot of location-enabled features, but we were somewhat underwhelmed with the end-user ability to control these features. Let’s see exactly what’s changed.
There are two very important, very positive changes here from the previous iPhone OS. First, the icons for location features have been standardized. That arrow pointing northeast is a universal indicator telling the user that the iPhone’s location features are active. On the top menu bar, the indicator shows that I’m currently using the phone’s location features with the Maps application. It’s a simple enough deduction that using a mapping application would use my location, but that indicator will show up any time I’m using a location-enabled service. This is most important for those times when I wasn’t even aware that an application or website even had geolocation capabilities. Second, there's a lot more control over what I can do when I see that icon in my status bar.
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Okay, so I can see I’m being tracked. How do I control that?