The iPhone v1.2 OS firmware that’s been running on the iPhone SDK’s emulator and a few iPhone hackers’ handsets has been spotted with location logging capability. Positional data from cell tower triangulation and WiFi hotspot locations are apparently recorded and logged in the iPhone OS 1.2.
iPhone Atlas found evidence of the location logging, and it looks like this:
- LOCATION,Time,227256578.75,Type,GMM,Pos,1,+33.117950,-96.775681,Accuracy,1810,Confidence,,ActualLocation,0,MCC,310,MNC,410,LAC,0xcb29,CI,0×29ba,ARFCN,,BSIC,,RSSI,-78,TA,, 227256578.754-virtual void CellLocationRequester::requestCompleted(): queried for 7 cells but received only 1 responses
- LOCATION,Time,227256582.90,Type,CL-Skyhook,Pos,1,+33.098492,-96.781595,Accuracy, 191.86,
Now, location logging opens the door to some interesting features in the future. On the other hand, the fact that your iPhone could track your current position as well as your whereabouts throughout the day is a potential security and privacy issue.
We’ll have to wait and see what the next iPhone firmware does with this location logging feature, if it’s even included in the official OS release. It’d be cool to see your daily travels over-layed on Google Maps and appended with calendar events. Especially if it’s complemented with the 3G iPhone’s GPS reciever – if.
[Via: iPhone Atlas]