What's 'locationd' and why does Apple want it?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by modit, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. modit, Aug 4, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011

    modit macrumors 6502

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    I was online and a program called little snitch reported that locationd wants to connect to iphone-wu.apple.com and mac-services.apple.com

    Is this the unsecured location and wifi cache that was in the news a few monts back?

    Should I block this connection forever?

    Thank you for the help.
     
  2. RodThePlod macrumors 6502a

    RodThePlod

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    No, it's part of core location - the component in the OS used to determine the computer's location. It does clever things like set the date and timezone automatically - useful if you're a roaming user.

    i've set Little Snitch to allow this through.

    Cheers,

    RTP.
     
  3. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Just ran into this, but it does not make complete sense. Previous OSX-es also update to timezones automatically, because you set your time-zone. Much easier than figuring out an IP address in a huge Wifi database. So blocking it probably does not affect time zone functionality.
     

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