iPhone App Blacklist Isn't For Remotely Disabling Apps

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An "informed source" at Apple has told Daring Fireball's John Gruber that the mysterious iPhone app blacklist striking fear in the hearts of iPhone-toting privacy nerds everywhere actually isn't for remotely disabling apps. Nope, it's actually a CoreLocation blacklist—in other words, a list of apps not allowed to access CoreLocation (which would be why it was buried there). So actually, it's protecting your privacy by keeping naughty apps from knowing where you are. Or something like that. [Daring Fireball]

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I am rather disappointed that Gizmodo, Engadget, and other blogs sensationalized this. Any fear present in iPhone users was a direct result of irresponsible blogs interjecting their unsubstantiated doomsday scenarios.

The biggest hint was that this was found inside the CoreLocation framework. That alone should have quashed any further speculation, at least until something official hit. Instead, we got, "Apple could remotely disable applications." And the crazy fest ensued.

Gizmodo, Engadget, and others have done this in the past with other bits of information that they irresponsibly report on to drive traffic. Others have asked for it, but can you be a little more responsible with the news you receive?