Immediately the iPhone 11 series was released to the market, some users discovered that even if location tracking was turned off, location services are still very well active on the device.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

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iOS 13.3.1 Beta 2 Update: Location Services On iPhone 11 Can Now Be Disabled

Apple’s first answer was that they didn’t see any issues:

We do not see any actual security implications. It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings.Apple in a response to KrebsOnSecurity
Apple later acknowledged the problem and revealed that the issue is caused by new UWB chip for the iPhone 11 series which is yet to be recognized around the world; thus mobile phones must use location services to confirm whether UWB can be used or not. Apple also added that:
The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data, – Apple’s spokesperson

How To Turn Off Location Services On iPhone 11

Back in December, the Cupertino company promised that it would add the ability to turn off location tracking. Now, with the latest iOS 13.3.1 beta 2, Apple seems to have added the feature. The option can be found in “Networking & Wireless” under Privacy > Locations Services > System Services.

Turning location on on iPhone 11

Finally, the moment that is disabled, there’s a message that says:

Turning off location for Networking & Wireless may affect Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Ultra Wideband performance.Apple’s spokesperson.

So, you have the ablility to disable it if you really want to, but at the expense of some problems that might affect the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and – of course – the Ultra Wideband chip.

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If you are one of those that have been waiting for this update on your iPhone 11 series device? What do you think about the whole issue? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section down below!

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