Security journalist Brian Krebs also pointed out that iPhone 11 Pro periodically contacts its GPS unit to collect location data, and Krebs showed this in a video clip recorded on the iPhone 11 Pro phone running version 13.2.3 From the operating system iOS.
In the video, it appears that the phone continues to collect GPS data for some applications and system services even with manually disabling location services individually in the phone settings. Interestingly, iPhone 11 Pro searches for GPS data even when the user activates the option to permanently block access to location data in application settings.
And Krebs said in a post: “But it seems that there are some system services in this model (and perhaps other iPhone 11 models) that require location data and users cannot disable it without turning off the site services completely, as the stock icon still appears periodically even after disabling all System services that use the site individually. “
In the operating system (iOS), users can activate or deactivate the system’s location services via the user interface provided in the Privacy section and then Location Services in the Settings application.
Apple does not apply these restrictions
It is noteworthy that Apple has improved with the iOS 13 system the ability to control the ability of applications to access site data. Previously, third-party applications could have requested the device’s fixed location data at the initial setup, but the new version of the system removed this ability, Also, when manual tracking is enabled manually in the settings menu, a popup appears periodically to remind users of the configuration and provides an option to turn it off.
However, Apple does not apply these same restrictions to its own apps but rather informs iPhone owners of its location services practices in software user agreements.
Krebs believes that strange activity may be related to the new iPhone hardware that supports the latest version 6 of the Wi-Fi networks, but this view is still not confirmed. Currently, the only sure way to avoid the phone from communicating with the GPS unit on the iPhone 11 Pro is to disable location services entirely in the settings. However, doing so makes many iPhone features useless.