Apple dismissed the issue of tracking iPhone 11 users

Apple explained the location service used by the system to support "Ultra-wideband" technology on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

Feedback on TechCrunch today (December 6), Apple said: "Super broadband is standard technology and must comply with international legal regulations so the system must be disabled in some locations. certain".

"The iOS operating system uses location services to identify iPhones in prohibited areas and disable Ultra Broadband. The Super Broadband Management process uses location services," said the iPhone manufacturer. location is done entirely on iPhone, and Apple does not collect user location data. "

The integration of the U1 ultra-wide-bandwidth chip helps the standard iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro communicate locally with other U1-based devices, without the need for mobile or satellite signals. "This technology is like a GPS navigation system right in your living room," Apple described. "Therefore, users can share files quickly via AirDrop by pointing the device towards the iPhone of their friends and their devices will appear first on the list."

According to Apple, the new ultra-broadband technology is almost identical to the upgraded version of Bluetooth. This is the foundation for developing some advanced features that depend on location data on iOS such as AirDrop or activate Apple Tag. Apple Tag is similar to Tile, allowing users to attach important items such as wallets, keys ... When the item is lost, users only need to go to Find My on iPhone to find their location. .

However, security expert Brian Krebs (KrebsOnSecurity) said that the new iPhone requires location data without informing the user as a potential risk to personal information security. The only way to prevent iPhone from collecting location data is to turn off location services completely on the device. However, the GPS icon (arrow) sometimes appears in the notification bar, indicating that iPhone positioning is in progress.

Krebs alerted Apple to security issues in mid-November 2019 and received an e-mail reply: "We do not think this feature poses a security risk. The GPS icon (arrow shape) ) appears only in the notification bar when location services are enabled. When the system needs location data to perform the service, users will not be able to find the switch in Settings ".

The Verge said that Apple has acknowledged that some iPhone system services are collecting location information, including when users turn off location services in each app and Settings. The company is also not very transparent when it comes to "international legal regulations, so the system has to be disabled in certain locations".

According to Tech Crunch, Apple has pledged to integrate a conversion option so iPhone 11 users can disable ultra-wide-bandwidth technology in upcoming iOS updates, although the company will face difficulties. to international legal regulations.