Great, all I ever needed was spyware on my iPhone. “Anonymous stats to help the development of the product” isn’t quite so, neither I gave consent beforehand.

Update: Apparently it just sends the identifiers for the applications, so the servers from Google and Yahoo! send special data to your iPhone (these work as browser “user agents”).


Thom Holwerda wrote on November 19th, 2007 at 10:09 AM PST:

This is most likely sensationalism. I’m the LAST to defend Apple, but a friend of mine at the biggest Apple website of The Netherlands (they’re less blindly pro-apple than mos tother Apple sites out there) confirmed that this EXACT SAME string is in the Calculator application – on the DESKTOP version of OS X.

Using little snitch, it became clear that th string doesn’t send the IMEI number, but “APPLE” . More confirmation is needed, but I’m calling sensationalism for now.


Thom Holwerda wrote on November 19th, 2007 at 10:16 AM PST:

Oops, forgot a part.

It could very well be that Apple introduced this string in the iPhone version of OS X, to indeed send the IMEI number, and that through code reuse, the string found its way to Leopard, where it obviously cannot send an IMEI number – so it sends the default as described in my above comment – “APPLE”.

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