Well, that was a wee bit quicker than we expected, but Apple has released iOS 4.3.3 to the public.

Although the update was initially said to be released sometime in the next few weeks (it was about a week ago when they stated this), it looks like Apple has finished testing and has opted to release iOS 4.3.3 ahead of schedule.

Why the rush to release such an minor update? It’s just a sneaking suspicion, but it might have something to do with the bad press that Apple’s been receiving as of late due to a certain location tracking bug

This firmware update is for the iPhone 4 (GSM only), 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch 3rd and 4th gen. The Verizon CDMA iPhone received a similar update in the form of iOS 4.2.8.

The update addresses the location tracking bug that received an insane amount of media attention over the past few weeks since it was initially discovered.

The update will reduce the size of the location cache, prevent it from backing up via iTunes, and remove the cache entirely when location services are disabled.

As always, jailbreakers are going to want to stay away from this firmware update until further notice. If you’re not worried about jailbreaking, then feel free to head over to our downloads section and have at it.

Are you happy that Apple has finally fixed the bug?

  • 4.2.8 for verizon iPhone

    • EgoHot4life

      I’m starting to get annoyed that VeriPhone isn’t on 4.3. I don’t like feeling like I’m behind

  • Burge

    Who’s going first…?.. I wonder if you can redsnow it and point it too 4.3.2. Ipsw might just be tethered ..any one up for it ?

  • 2meu

    I believe it might has something to do with someone else obtaining the iOS 4.3.3 yesterday. And so apple decided to reliease to everyone today. Don’t take my words for it.

    • Burge

      I believe ….then don’t take my word for it …make you mind up…lol..

  • Manuel

    Some people have reported that this fixes and gives people a better battery life on both the Verizon and ATT iphone 4. I’m on Verizon’s iPhone and jail broken, so I’m not one to find out if this works, since I don’t want to lose my jail break.

  • Sasan

    @i0n1c’s bug is not patched in 4.3.3. #whatisthisidonteven

  • Howdy

    I bet very soon we’ll hear about a jailbreak tweak that will enable the location tracking thingy and undo the changes done in 4.3.3. That’s the cool part about cydia tweaks, doing exactly the opposite of what apple does 🙂

  • teenzbutler

    I performed the update, and upon doing so, I am unable to sync my photos. I cannot select specific folders/items to sync anymore. I didn’t install the update on my Ipad2, and i am able to sync my photos as normally. So I have to think that maybe the update caused a problem. Does anyone else have this problems?

  • Solomon

    I updated to 4.3.3 and all went smooth, havent seen any major difference yet.

    • teenzbutler

      Do you sync photos from your computer to your phone?

  • Paolo Gero

    does the update 4.3.3 locks your factory unlocked ipad2 running version 4.3.2 which comes unlocked out of the box?

    • No. iPads are all unlocked. Don’t worry about an iPad unlock, ever.

  • Paolo Gero

    will the update 4.3.3 lock the ipad2 4.3.2, which came carrier unlocked out of the box???

  • nekosakura

    I turned off my iphone(jailbroken) and now it won’t turn on! I plugged it into itunes and restore and nada. the error 1015 keep appearing and then my brother did something to it so now all it show is the picture of the itune and to plug it in and now it won’t do anything except return to that screen, even if I hold the power and home button for ten seconds! I need help! It’s my first iphone and I have no clue how to fix it @_@

  • Yang2b

    Download the latest “Tiny Umbrella” and use it to “kick out of restore” mode.

  • Hi

    İ live in turkey. i got an iphone4 thats locked. In a phone center they opened it firstly but when i updated it from 4.0.1 to 4.3.3 it has locked again. and it says my sim card is not supported. what you suggest me.