Apple releases iOS 6.1 update
Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:08 PM
This is just a name for a feature that existed earlier. The point of the feature is to help prevent targeting. So, it's a good thing rather than an aid for an advertiser to track you.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:34 PM
I don't have much interest in downloading a newer version until it is.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:39 PM
If you think that ditching your iPhone will protect you from unwanted advertising, think again! Advertising is like a swarm of mosquitos—they're everywhere!
Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:46 PM
You are funny. What operating system won't let advertisers track you? I would think that someone so upset about being tracked would like this feature.
I guess they really need to spell this feature out for their users.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:05 PM
The link to "learn more" with the update links to a generic security update page.
Disappointing. I had hoped they'd squash the music home sharing bug and bluetooth issues we're having (every day) since iOS6.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:23 PM
Sounds like a plan. Your next phone is an old-school flip phone. Enjoy.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:26 PM
So your other option is going with Google, which tracks everything about you all the time (including your browsing history, all your email contents, your social circles, your location, sex, age, positions etc) for selling you more targeted ADs.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:28 PM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:27 PM
It's not as much that the advertising itself is a problem as much as it is that the collected data exist stored somewhere outside of the user's control, and if it should fall into the hands of a third party with less benign intentions than serving targeted ads, it is possible to put together a potentially very comprehensive portrait of a person that could be exploited. Given that it is not uncommon to hear news of security breaches and compromised data from large corporations, it's not an unreasonable concern.
I would suggest, however, that anyone who is concerned about this practice make themselves better informed about it so that when Apple provides a tool to make this practice less invasive, they do not completely misunderstand its intent and thus respond inappropriately.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:13 PM
For more information, visit:
This beta version of iOS should only be deployed on devices dedicated for iOS 6.1 beta software development."
The article doesn't mention that this is a beta version that should only be deployed on devices dedicated for iOS 6.1 beta software development.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:17 PM
Advertising identifier?? I believe my days with an iPhone are numbered. I'm not interested in being tracked, by anyone, and I think I've just about hit my limit of how much of it I can tolerate. This is just a name for a feature that existed earlier. The point of the feature is to help prevent targeting. So, it's a good thing rather than an aid for an advertiser to track you.
Bingo - previously apps could read the device identifier (UDID) with impunity, not to mention other things like the WiFi or BlueTooth hardware MAC addresses, or information out of Contacts like names and phone numbers. It's a good thing that Apple is cracking down on at least some of these practices.