Update: iOS 4 Hardware Uses Apple’s Own Wifi Database for Location
GigaOm suggests that yesterday’s press release from Skyhook noting its latest four patents is intended to start a legal battle with Apple and perhaps Google.
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That’s what what the letter Apple sent back to Congress regarding its privacy issues states. The older Apple devices still use Google and Skyhook but from iOS 4 forward it’s all Apple data. Here’s the key bit:
To provide the high quality products and services that its customers demand, Apple must have access to comprehensive location-based information. For devices running iPhone OS versions 1.1.3 to 3.1, Apple relied on (and still relies on) databases maintained by Google and Skyhook Wireless (“Skyhook”) to provide location-based services. Beginning with the iPhone OS version 3.2 released in April 2010, Apple relies on its own databases to provide location-based services and for diagnostic purposes. These databases must be updated continuously to account for, among other things, the ever-changing physical landscape, more innovative uses of mobile technology, and the increasing number of Apple’s customers. Apple has always taken great care to protect the privacy of its customers.
Good digging there MG Siegler!