So say for example a punter has an I-Phone & one afternoon he goes for a punt. How exactly would his other half be able to trace his movements? What software would she need?
It's only stored on the phone - so she would need to follow the instructions I set out in the first post and find out everywhere you've been, a nice long list of addresses saying how many times you've visited complete with little dots on a map.
Yeh - sorry I've just told your missus how to find out but I'm banking she doesn't read UKP but she might be trawling through Mumsnet so make sure you disable this feature before she finds out. It will also take her a while to work out what's the pub and your mate's house but depends how suspicious she is.
This is just one new way she can find out - there were already lots of other ways she could do this as Smiths and Skittish pointed out Android and just about any phone - not just smartphones, you can get any SIMs tracked, people use it to make sure their kids aren't wagging off school or haven't been abducted.
What the bloody hell's the point in that feature?
It's to improve Apple maps, because they weren't as good as Google maps, so they get all the data as you trudge from the punt to the pub. They can then send you lots more location specific stuff and yes if you switch on iAds it will send you local ads too.
In fact I'm just starting to see the good potential of this - maybe with a UKP app with voting buttons to rate the punt as you leave, and some enterprising WGs tailoring their phone ads so when you leave a 1 out of 10 punt up pops her ad - 'Had a crap punt - I'm just half a mile down the road, rated 10 out of 10 by UKP punters, £20 off with this voucher'. Hmmmm.
PS - Don't log into Google when you do your searches either, they won't tell your wife what you've been looking at but they sure as hell will sell it to everyone else!