I have a Droid phone. I have an iPad, though it only has wireless so, as far as I understand, is not affected by this tracking. Just putting this out there for fair disclosure.
That said, I really have no problem with this. Yep, it tracks you. Yep, it keeps an unencrypted file on your phone and copies that to your computer if you hook it up. Guess what? Smart phones have been tracking you since their inception. In fact, all cell phones have been tracking you for years. And if you want to encrypt that file it’s real easy to do. (Though it would have been nice for Apple to have it auto-encrypted.)
Granted, the Apple version here is done a different way. Previously (currently on other phones) it was by GPS and was easily turned off if you wanted. This is done by cell towers.
So? It’s still tracking. And it’s pretty standard that a lot of apps use that location tracking capability of the phone - whether it’s an Apple phone, a Google phone or a windows phone - in their basic function. Use the Map function on a smart phone? Wonder how it opens the map and can show you where you are, right then when you open it? Hello!
So, yeah. Don’t really care. Think a stink it being raised over a revelation that isn’t really all that much of a revelation.
But I do find one thing really interesting (and saying this may open the can of worms even more, but I don’t intend it as an Apple vs. Windows argument, so don’t go there):
If this had been announced that it was found on a Google/Droid phone the stink raised and screams from the Apple people would have been 100 times worse than anything coming out against Apple. I have no doubt.
And if it had been shown on a Windows smart phone? Wow. Don’t even want to imagine that.