The recent iPhone software update is interesting, to say the least. Although this hasn’t happened to me yet, a few of my friends mentioned the iPhone knew where they were going as soon as they sat down in the car! That’s a little creepy I think. One of my friends said it told him he was going to work and the time it would take him to get there without it being prompted to do so. He freaked out and so did my other friends who experienced the same thing. And they have every right to be, in my opinion.
I’m assuming the phone looks at your pattern of driving and assumes based on some probability statistics where you are most likely going at that time of the day but without it being prompted is a little much. There should be some feature that asks you if you want that option when you are going through the the sign-in steps after your update is complete. Maybe some question like: “Hey there, would you like me to attempt to read your mind before you start driving? Click yes or no.”
Technology these days is so advanced, no wonder my grandma thinks the cell phone is the devil. Now, she’s a little old-school and can’t even use a cell phone but I understand her fear and inability to understand the way it works.
Another issue I have is with the Find Your Friends feature. That’s all fine and dandy if you are a 200-pound guy whom no one will mess with but if you are a small girl and someone that happens to have your number can geo-locate you, THAT’S NOT COOL. This feature surely should be another question asked at startup. “Would you like anyone that has your number to know where you are with the click of a button? Click yes or no.” Scary, scary! It’s bad enough with social media these days defaulting to geo-locating you every time you post. Now your trusty iPhone is doing it, without your knowledge. Tisk, tisk.
And what is Apple doing with alllll this information they are collecting from iPhone users. The amount of information they have access to is mind-blowing! From name, numbers, emails, addresses, passwords, birthdates, frequently visited locations, pictures…. The list goes on and on! Am I being paranoid or are others on this train of thought? My iPhone probably knows more about me and my friends then I know myself. It was a conscious effort for me to not keep pertinent information on my iPhone but how many millions of people don’t even think about it?
What are your thoughts on the matter? I’d really like to know.