Apple's iPhone took center stage this week for its role in helping the company and its partner carriers attain strong quarterly earnings, but it was also the target of criticism for keeping a log of its users' whereabouts, and is the focus of a new round of patent suits with Samsung.
Privacy concerns surfaced earlier this week whenthat they found what looked like secret files on the iPhone that track user location and store it on the device without the permission of the device owner.
It's still unclear what the data is used for and why Apple has been collecting it in iOS products that carry a 3G antenna for nearly a year now. But CNETwith details on where the data is stored and whether users should be worried. Among those is U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, who wrote a letter Apple CEO Steve Jobs seeking an explanation.
Later reporting indicates that not only have law authorities long known about iPhone and iPad tracking logs, they and have. And they might also be getting the same type of information from Android devices as well.
Meanwhile, the iPhone contributed to yetand its carrier brethren as well. Apple once again beat expectations, pulling in $24.67 billion in revenue during its most recent quarter. It sold 18.65 million iPhones, 3.76 million Macs, and a less-than-expected 4.69 million iPads
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