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Old Oct 17, 2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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Explanation of System Services found under Location Services?

Curious if anyone can explain the functions df some of the settings found under the advanced tab of Location services.

Items include, Cell Network Search, Diagnostics and Usage, and Time Zone Settings. If I turn these functions off will my 4s have limited usage but conserve battery and vice versa? Never noticed these settings on my 4 so wanted to now what settings to use to best conserve my battery without crippling the phone.

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Old Oct 17, 2011, 01:39 PM   #2
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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I have iAds location OFF and Diagnostics & Usage OFF. I really don't know what the others are for so I left them on.
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 01:44 PM   #4
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I turned off the same and included the setting time zone and traffic. Would like to know what exactly the cell network search does.
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I turned off the same and included the setting time zone and traffic. Would like to know what exactly the cell network search does.
It's probably what helps the phone switch between antennas to get the best reception.
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Old Oct 19, 2011, 08:09 PM   #6
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I'd like an explanation of what each one is as well.
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Old Oct 19, 2011, 08:25 PM   #7
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I actually find it a little sneaky of Apple to not provide a clear explanation AND to set the status bar icon to OFF as a default. They clearly want to track certain data from us (I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that it's all done anonymously) and to avoid criticism give us the ability, buried in a setting two layers deep, to turn off that tracking. But they leave it on as a default and hide the off button.
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Old Oct 19, 2011, 09:10 PM   #8
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Curious if anyone can explain the functions df some of the settings found under the advanced tab of Location services.

Items include, Cell Network Search, Diagnostics and Usage, and Time Zone Settings. If I turn these functions off will my 4s have limited usage but conserve battery and vice versa? Never noticed these settings on my 4 so wanted to now what settings to use to best conserve my battery without crippling the phone.

Thanks in advance.
Another poster found that the compass calibration is used to determine true north from magnetic north.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 12:08 PM   #9
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Another poster found that the compass calibration is used to determine true north from magnetic north.
That was me. I am now trying to figure out what "Mobile Network Search" is. On my iPhone 4 it said "Cell Network Search" but my 4s says "Mobile Network Search".
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 12:13 PM   #10
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from the batterygate thread:

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From another thread this is what some of these system services do:


1) When device is first turned on, searches for cells/wifi + GPS for 30 seconds, batch sent later.

2) When searching for network after call dropped, cells/wifi are collected and later batch sent.

3) If diagnostics are turned on, cell/wifi coordinates are collected at start/end of call to look for bad cell spots. Batch sent later.

4) When an app requests the current GPS location, any visible cells or hotspots are immediately sent up to Apple along with GPS coordinates.

5) Otherwise, as long as an LBS app is running, it does an intermittent collection which is batch sent every 12 hours.


Seems like a lot of GPS turning on and off here. And if you are in a bad signal area and getting dropped calls it would be worse.
if you're wanting to see when you're actually using the locator, turn it 'on' at the bottom of system services
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 12:15 PM   #11
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Someone has to know what each one means and can run through them for us with a brief description. Anybody care to help us out?
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 12:20 PM   #12
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Someone has to know what each one means and can run through them for us with a brief description. Anybody care to help us out?
I know what the traffic one does. It tracks you as you are traveling and sends speed and location info for traffic purposes back to Apple.
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System Settings Linked to Battery Drain

I stumbled on this one thread prior to this one. It seems, something in "Location Services" settings is causing the Battery issue. Here is the link to the thread. Some were able to convey what a few of those settings are for.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...1#post13680530
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Old Jan 1, 2012, 05:41 AM   #14
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I'd be really interested to know what these mean too ...

Diagnostics & usage

Location based IAds

Mobile Network Search
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Old Jan 1, 2012, 06:37 AM   #15
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Location based IAds


http://www.everythingicafe.com/forum...p4s-for.81572/

Diagnostics and usage link

http://mashable.com/2011/12/02/iphone-diagnostic-data/

Edited to add some more information

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Old Jan 1, 2012, 06:49 AM   #17
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That was me. I am now trying to figure out what "Mobile Network Search" is. On my iPhone 4 it said "Cell Network Search" but my 4s says "Mobile Network Search".

The difference: One will be set up as (british english) and the other as (american english)
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