It sounds like a Steve Jobs email, but we can't be sure. It's hard to know whether or not this stuff is real. Still, if it is, Steve says that Apple does not track users. Somehow, this whole fiasco has earned the name LocationGate. The idea is that your device backs up your location data, unencrypted, and it has caused concern for many. Wherever you stand on that is how you feel, but here is an email exchange. You decide if you think it's real or not. And if you do, whether or not Jobs is right:
Q: Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It‚Äö√Ñ√¥s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don‚Äö√Ñ√¥t track me.
Steve Jobs: Oh yes they do. We don‚Äö√Ñ√¥t track anyone. The info circulating around is false. Sent from my iPhone
As website CultofMac points out, the researchers who found this did discover that the file is not being sent out to anyone, not even Apple. We have no idea how accurate that is, because it's all on a cell phone. I guess we will believe the experts. The site also mentions what Daring Fireball's John Gruber said about it being a bug. He believes it's something that will be fixed soon.
Readers, what do you think? Leave some comments.