Then apple forgot to remove the premission after it was obsolete. (Either apple created an alternative method that had no security issues, or Uber had more time to create a implementation that rendered the map on the watch.)
Other apps were not given access.
This way, only apps signed with the appropriate entitlements (usually system apps) can run those calls...
Maybe, but then the user should explictly authorize it AND it should be optional, if this is not the case, then it should not exist.
In any case, it does sound a bit shady that such permission exists at all and - according to the article - Apple "can decide" who can use it.
It seems like there are "class A" and "class B" developers rated by Apple and given (or denied) this "permission".
Still, Uber could detect when your phone is on the table and quickly take screenshots. This is very prone to abuse, some log should be available for auditing.
2. They can't catch a break!! (but they try really hard to be on the news with news of sexual harassment, actively identifying and avoiding authorities, trying to cover up rapes, spying on drivers and clients)(that's a good rap sheet)
You also seem to irattionally hate Uber.
A very bad move but I can understand the motive
On the other hand, I have the luxury of Monday quarterbacking and the knowledge of what has gone on between now and then.
I am curious as to who else might have gotten that entitlement and we just don't know it yet. Apple, being more privacy aware (or at least PR aware), probably has not handed it out to bunches of people and governments. Probably...
And some people still think the government/NSA does somehow not have complete access to your data?
I then found out that the Uber iOS app is larger than 150MB (!).
I couldn't come up with a reason why the App would need to be that ridiculously huge except for spying frameworks so I did not download it. There were taxis waiting less than 30m away anyway.
I'm glad I have not sold my soul to Uber ;-)
So yup, your assumption is probably very wrong. And I'm not an Uber user (exactly for privacy and ethical reasons).