Apple Resolves iPhone 11's Location Privacy Issue

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Late previous year, security researcher Brian Krebs discovered that the iPhone 11 Pro constantly checks for your location even if you disable Location Services.

Following reports that Location Services in iOS couldn't be fully switched off, it has emerged that iOS 13.3.1 beta 2 contains a toggle to turn off Ultra Wideband services, hopefully resolving the issue. It was earlier discovered that iPhone Pro constantly checks the location, even if disabled.

Apple also clarified that location data of users was not sent to its servers and the management of UWB compliance was done entirely on device. As this feature is not approved everywhere in the world, the phone was checking to see if UWB could be used in that location. It does, however, seem that Apple has listened to concerns regarding UWB and its use of Location data. One of its benefits is giving users the capability to quickly find the right person to AirDrop in a place full of iPhone users.


Found by Twitter user Brandon Butch (through 9to5Mac), the toggle can be found by opening the Settings application, selecting Privacy, choosing Location Services, selecting System Services and then deactivating the "Network and Wireless" option.

Apple promised at that time to add a lever to allow customers to disable the U1 chip completely, and that lever will be available to everyone after the release of iOS 13.3.1. It appears be pleased switching it off triggers a suggested that claims "Turning off station for Networking & Wi-fi would possibly possibly hang an influence on Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Extremely Wideband efficiency".

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