Apple’s much loved iPhone has a hidden feature, and it’s not going to be welcomed by everyone: it phones home.
According to 9 to 5 Mac, the iPhone sends the users IMEI number, IP address and stock quote preferences amongst a number of things via a hidden string to Apple via the Weather and Stock apps. The information could be used by Apple to build user profiles that includes data on travel, financial and banking preferences, work details…even personal browsing information (if you’re using your iPhone to surf porn be warned).
Hackers are now apparently working on a way to block this functionality. In the mean time the only way of stopping data being sent to Apple is to delete the stock and weather applications via jailbreak.