Originally Posted by solipsism
Gee, that press release sounds an awfully lot like what sensible people were saying for several days now. Then again, half of it was explained last Summer. The only new info is about the crowd source DB subset.
It's a no-win for Apple. The Apple-haters, trolls, and other whiners will do anything to stamp an "Apple is Evil" moniker on Apple's image.
I give it one more day max before a few of the conspiracy theorists from a few threads ago (They are easy to spot) backtrack on their accusations and try blowing enough smoke in the hopes that no one will call them out for spouting their mouths off before knowing all the facts.
I gave it a month before this media-frenzy was forgotten. I was wrong. It seems it will happen much sooner than that.
The sad part is that if you're a smartphone-owning individual (regardless of OS affiliation) that enjoys all the functionality and experience of its near-instantaneous abilities, you're already being a hypocrite if you cried foul on this subject. In the subject of map coordinates, if on-demand, at the second determination of your exact location had to be done real-time, you'd blow a gasket as to why it was taking so long to load. There's a reason all these databases exist, yet as usual the whiners here fail to look at the long-term reasons and simply decide to be lazy and point fingers at some Big-Brother conspiracy.
The reality is, any individual connected to the grid, Internet, by alien brain-implants can be tracked in many other ways. The guys in the black suits flying in the unmarked back helicopters don't need to hijack your phone to do it. Unless you decide to forgo technology and live the solitary Ted kaczynski hermit lifestyle and live in the woods, get over it.