Users reporting 'Mapping services' chowing huge amounts of data

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by euchanels, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. euchanels macrumors newbie

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    Mac rumors should do an article on this very serious issue, but 'mapping services' found under cellular/system services in the setting app on iPhone for some users show up to 490+ mb of data being depleted. This was just after articles arose published on users reporting improvements in Maps, could this be that Apple is using users data to improve their maps? I went to my Local Apple store today and they told me similar experiences have taken place in the last few days.

    I have thoroughly investigated this situation, as this sort of thing has never happened to me before, it has forced me and others to go without data. I cannot afford the already 20gigs I pay for cellular data a month, which is pretty expensive where I come from, I have also found similar reports on Apple's discussion forums:
    https://discussions.apple.com/message/26155714

    This is unacceptable, what will this mean for the minority who are experiencing this problem? Will this force them to switch to another platform which wont deplete their data bundles?? And even if this gets fixed, how will Apple guarantee that this sort of thing wont happen again? It has cost me $120 of data packages! Now my budget for data is overdue, and when I get paid again, do I even wan't to spend more money to get back online? After all, I might just find that my 10 gig data bundle is depleted after one week again. This has been the first time my trust and reliance in Apple products have been completely broken. Im left in utter darkness, life without internet truly sucks for a tech nerd..

    The downloading (or uploading) of Mapping services cannot be switched off. I even tried to switch off User and Diagnostic reporting, location services, I even turned off every app from using data, still nothing, it just reluctantly continued downloading data without my consent.

    This may seem all irrelevant to you, but what IF your next?
     
  2. rocat1997 macrumors regular

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    Did you turn off frequent locations? It will track everywhere you go and remember it. As a result it's loading maps which I can see will use tons of data. Also, depletes the battery cause the gps is always active. I would start their. Switching platforms won't necessarily cure your data concern. I know people whose androids constantly use data to update the widgets. Be sure about the frequent locations. It's a hog.
     
  3. EM2013 macrumors 65816

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  4. euchanels thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Notice

    I have turned off all location services, including 'diagnostics & usage', notice what I wrote, I turned off everything, including apps, and the problem still existed, click on the link of my post and you'll see other users complaining about the same thing. Obviously I turned off 'Frequent locations' too, and when I monitored internet usage, 'mapping services' continued downloading. On that link one of the users suggested resetting setting, I reset 'network settings, I even reset 'location & privacy', believe me, I'm very diligent... Nothing worked. So this is a serious problem, and like I said, im not the only user who have this problem, there may be many more who aren't even aware of this problem, as allot of people aren't pro users, and they might think they themselves exceeded their own data usage by browsing the internet or reading emails.

    But thanks for the reply anyways. I just hope someone knows something that I don't, as I said, I've been running around like a mad man trying to sort this out, I have diligently investigated this problem.
     
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    You just made all of this up.

    Frequent locations isn't loading maps to work and it's rarely using the GPS. It generally works by way of the locations services which uses several methods of finding where you are, the GPS being the last resort.

    Now, it could be that the OP is having some bug or trouble with it. It may well be the cause of his problems. But I've not racked up huge data usages or seen massive battery loss from it so you can't just go and say that that's normal.

    If it is indeed the OP's problem that's an abnormal problem, not something he should just expect to have happen.
     
  6. rocat1997 macrumors regular

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    Frequent locations uses gps constantly. It's you that obviously doesn't understand it's operation. Turn it on and go for a drive. The gps is active the entire trip. Unless you have the beacon turned off. Mine will run constantly when turned on. I consumed 30% battery on one 50 mile trip to work one day. I do know what I'm talking about with the function of the phone. To the op, have you visited an apple store and spoke with a Genius? I'm sure they would be interested in looking into it. I've always had great luck with them in all the apple products I own.
     
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Then there's something wrong with your phone because I have frequent locations on all the time and the phone never uses anything close to 30% in an hour if I'm just out driving around.

    You really think that all of us who have it turned on have standby battery lives of 4 or 5 hours? There'd be a TON of complaints around here if that was true.
     
  8. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    I've had frequent locations turned on since day one and the GPS is not always active and have no issues with the battery draining at all. The only time i see the GPS arrow in the status bar is if i open and use and app that requires GPS like a Sat Nav or something like Runkeeper tracking a walk\cycle.

    If you are not making up about thei 30% battery thing then i think its you that needs a trip to the Apple Store to have their phone checked. Frequent Locations most certainly does not work as you describe it.
     
  9. rocat1997 macrumors regular

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    [​IMG]

    If that slider is off, you might never know it's running in the background. Mine was on and off constantly. My iphone 5 got a new battery and it still ran it down. That service just wasn't meant for phones with smaller batteries.
     
  10. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    That is set to off on mine however i still dont get the battery drain stated above and never have.

    Just driven about 15 miles and the battery has barely dropped and it was connected via bluetooth the car during that time as well.
     
  11. rocat1997 macrumors regular

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    Tell you what. Maybe some of the updates improved it. I will turn it back on and retest.
     
  12. Ali.m macrumors newbie

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    It's happening to me and a lot of my friends. I'm trying desperately to find a solution. It's eating away from 400 to 1gb within two days. I've turned location services off to see if the problem would fix...
     

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