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.
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
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
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.
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!