Apple's weighed in on the Carrier IQ poo-storm, and says it's basically washed its hands of the controversial rootkit with iOS 5. Post-iOS 3 software had been found to have references to Carrier IQ, but Apple says it's going to completely wipe out whatever's left in a future update.

Here's the full statement from Cupertino:

"We stopped supporting Carrier IQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so."

This flies against HTC's statement that some carriers require Carrier IQ on all handsets, but then, Apple's got a lot more muscle to ensure that it's in control of its hardware and software. Seems like one of those times that Apple being able to bully everyone into getting its way is a good thing for you. [All Things D via The Next Web]