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iOS 17 is indeed problematic. After the issue affecting the iPhone 15 models, another problem has been discovered affecting older ones. The bug reportedly activates two certain location options in Settings.
As pointed out by a duo of security researchers calling themselves Mysk, these two options are the Significant Locations and iPhone Analytics under the System Services in the Settings app (Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System Services). Both are related to users’ location data, making their automatic activation in iOS 17 a big issue among users. According to the researchers, security experts highly recommend turning off the options.
“While significant locations remain local on your iPhone, they can be abused as they record detailed information about the locations you visit frequently,” the duo posted. “iPhone analytics, on the other hand, are shared with Apple. Having your location information included in these analytics reports might have privacy implications, even if the reports don’t identify you.”
Interestingly, this issue is not new. During the beta testing of the update, there were reports about certain setting options in the System Services automatically turning on. As we reported in August:
There are reports that the release of the new beta versions caused some toggle settings to automatically turn on despite being disabled in earlier betas. Some reports focus on Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System Services.
During the rollout of the iOS 17 Release Candidate, the issue also resurfaced, as shared in a forum on Reddit. “‘Product Improvement’ settings in Location Services are also switched ON so make sure to check them too,” warned the user. “Please make sure to change your settings if you want to.”
Despite these reports, the issue is still apparently present in the final release of the iOS 17 update. Apple confirmed the problem to 9To5Mac and said it is now investigating it.
On the other hand, this is not the only problem in iOS 17. After its release, Apple followed it with iOS 17.0.1 in order to resolve three actively exploited flaws involving kernel, security, and WebKit, which were given the CVE labels CVE-2023-41992, CVE-2023-41991, and CVE-2023-41993, respectively.
Additionally, the Cupertino giant announced the iOS 17.0.2 update to all iPhone 15 models. As shared by different users online, having the setup and transfer process without first downloading the iOS 17.0.2 could result in the screen being stuck in the Apple logo. With this, it is advised to momentarily set aside the transfer process and get the iOS 17.0.2 first. For more details on how to resolve this issue, click here.