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iOS 4 Location Services privacy settings iOS devices
As iOS 4 is being released for upgrading today (you'll need iTunes 9.2 to do so), a lot of new features will be introduced. Many are brand new, but some resemble features introduced with the iPad and iPhone OS 3.2, and are improved beyond that.

One of them is the Location Services Settings, especially with respect to privacy controls.

In iPad, a little NE pointing arrow appears in the top bar to alert you that the GPS is being accessed from an application, and that function is now in iOS 4 as well. [crarko adds: My mistake: it appears this wasn't in iPhone OS 3.2, and is new.]

What's new is the ability to toggle on or off the ability of apps to use Location Services on a per app basis, much like Notifications. If you look in Settings » General » Location Services, all the apps that make use of the GPS are listed, along with the NE arrow icon if they have used Location Services in the past 24 hours. There is also a toggle switch for each app, to enable/disable the services.

Note you will no longer be presented with the dialog box asking for permission to use your current location in apps, but will instead be warned by an app that you've turned off that it can't get current information. An app which is enabled will display the arrow icon.

[crarko adds: This is one of many subtle improvements in iOS 4. Besides the information available from Apple, check out this article for a quick overview of what's new.]
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iOS4 Location Services privacy settings
Authored by: crisss1205 on Jun 21, '10 09:29:35AM
"In iPad, a little NE pointing arrow appears in the top bar to alert you that the GPS is being accessed from an application, and that function is now in iOS4 as well."
I dont see this on the iPad
"Note you will no longer be presented with the dialog box asking for permission to use your current location in apps, but will instead be warned by an app that you've turned off that it can't get current information. An app which is enabled will display the arrow icon."
Are you using 4.0? I still get the notifications first before it will use my location.

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iOS4 Location Services privacy settings
Authored by: slswift on Jun 22, '10 07:42:37AM

Yes, I'm still getting the old notification first for each application. This happens ONCE only after upgrading to iOS4. Then the app list under the Location Services settings is populated. Once an app is populated in the list, you can control it from there.

At first, I was confused because I had seen lots of screen shots from people with LOTS of apps under the Location Services settings, but I had none (initially). Once I launched a couple of apps and let them grab my location, I checked, and they were under settings now.



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iOS4 Location Services privacy settings
Authored by: daveywest on Jun 21, '10 09:31:17AM

I've been running iOS4 GM on my 3GS, and I notice a significant slowdown when location services are active. I've actually turned it off in several apps for the speed bump. The Bing app is one example. If I do multiple quick queries, it seems the location services requests get stacked on top of each other and begin to degrade the end user experience.



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iOS 4 Location Services privacy settings
Authored by: asmeurer on Jun 21, '10 11:11:45AM

Bloody iOS4. I guess it's finally time to jailbreak my 1st gen iPod touch.



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iOS 4 Location Services privacy settings
Authored by: geoffliang on Jun 22, '10 08:57:43PM

They still do ask for your permission upon first launch.

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