Your Apple iPhone has a secret mapping service that plots and tracks your every move
Did you know that your Apple phone is watching you? Yes your iPhone tracks you wherever you go. If you thought your GPS was switched off and you’re off the map, well you’ve got another thing coming. Your Apple has a secret map hidden within its operating system and it tracks your every move. Let’s find out more.
1 Frequent Locations’ Apple’s secret mapping service tracks you round the clock
Just when you thought you had read all those wise geek tech articles about your iPhone, Apple surprises you with something even smarter than ever before. A hidden mapping service, which enables Appleto keep tabs on its phone users!Regardless of how good or bad it may be for iOS users, it certainly benefits Apple to collect geographical data of its users, which could possibly help its geo targeting efforts. Apple does have its app developers and affiliates who stand to gain a lot from the Apple tracker.
The hidden map feature has existed in apples iPhones since the year 2013. Undoubtedly one of Apple’s best kept secrets till date, the beans have now been spilt and all Apple could do was declare that the phone also had an option to disable its users presence form the tracking application.
2 Typical features of the mapping tracker
- Tracks locations and frequency of user movement
- Automatically enabled without any notification or user knowledge
- Once tuned on it runs round the clock
- Disable button remains hidden within 5 different menus.
- In service since release of iOS 7
- Collects data based on user movements.
3 How does Apple’s hidden mapping service work?
As you know every Smartphone has its own GPS application that provides you information on finding locations within your city. The same mapping service also pinpoints your location. In order to do that it’s software is programmed to identify your presence within a geographical location.
Now based on this system, Apple’s hidden mapping service is utilizing the information of your whereabouts through Apple maps and storing an infinite amount of data on your entire geographical movement. Thus each time you go to work or come back home, data regarding all these locations are being stored within the memory of this hidden device.
4 Can the hidden service‘frequent locations’ within your Apple iPhone put you at risk?
Yes it can. Consider the fact that your entire movements throughout the day are being plotted on a grid map with data that includes your location. It also records your home address, your place of work and even where you shop.
Although Apple claims that the application exists only on devices and is not accessible to third parties, this does not rules out phone burglars acquiring information from your phone. Yes! This is entirely possible.Your personal data is stored in your iPhone and as such can easily be retrieved should your iPhone fall into the hands of unscrupulous elements.
This becomes a high risk feature and apple would do well to recognize the risk factor and do something about it.
5 How do you disable the hidden mapping service?
Till date not many phone users were aware of the existence of this secret mapping service. Since it has now been acknowledged and is all over the news on every tech portal, Apple has admitted and revealed how to disable the application.
6 Here’s how to access ‘frequent locations’ on youriPhone!
Go to settings → privacy tab location services → system services → frequent locations
Once you find the tracker you will be overawed at the amount of detailed information your iPhone has been collecting about you. It’s enough to remember the line ‘Big brother is watching you’ from the epic novel 1984. Upon clicking on the names of locations you’ve visited, addresses and location details are revealed. Most users have found it shocking and consider this as an affront to their privacy.
You can erase the entire history of the service through settings by clicking on ‘clear history”. There is an option to disablethe feature so that no data will be collected on your movements. However it could turn on again so frequent checks are advised.