Complaints are pouring in from dissatisfied iPhone users regarding the latest update to Apple's operating system, iOS 17. The main issue appears to be a security flaw that has been discovered by several users who have updated to the new version.
The complaints specifically target unauthorized changes to existing privacy settings, as reported by tech site 9to5Mac. Users who had deliberately turned off location sharing and analytics features found that these settings were reactivated without warning after updating their phones. This has raised significant concerns about user privacy.
9to5Mac emphasizes that Apple is investigating the issue and reiterates its commitment to user privacy. The problem has also been highlighted by the German-Canadian tech blog Mysk, which warns iPhone users about the potential misuse of reactivated location sharing.
Detailed information about frequently visited locations could be recorded, posing a risk to user privacy.
Mysk further adds that having location information included in analytics reports could have privacy implications, even if the reports don't identify the user.
Security experts recommend users to turn off both options—location sharing and analytics features (iPhone Analytics).
Another criticized update that Apple and iPhone recently faced was the rearrangement of call buttons, including changing the position of the red "end call" button. Customers complained that the change was "terrible and totally illogical." In response to the negative feedback, iPhone moved the button back to its original position at the bottom row of button options.