With outdated software, iPhone 5 owners should expect to lose access to important services such as iCloud, the App Store, and web browsing.
Apple’s iPhone 5 needs to be updated as a “GPS time rollover issue” appears set to knock all units offline in early November.
You’ll need iOS 10.3.4 to avoid the GPS-related issues. Maybe you’re thinking it’ll only stop you from using located-based apps like Apple Maps or Google Maps, but the bug actually extends far beyond them. Left outdated, the iPhone 5 will not be able to access system-level services such as iCloud, the App Store, and web browsing.
The deadline for iPhone 5 owners is Sunday, Nov. 3. GPS connectivity requires an accurate date and time setting to understand your location. It tracks the date by counting weeks as they go by and resets every 20 years. Since older devices are unable to compute the reset, Apple relies on software updates.
Several months ago, the Cupertino-based company confirmed some iOS devices released in 2012 or earlier could be impacted. It started affecting iPhone and iPad models in April, and now there’s another wave of units that could be exposed to the same bug. Aside from the iPhone 5, the iPad (4th generation) could get knocked offline if owners don’t download and install the latest software update.
“Starting just before 12:00 a.m. UTC on November 3, 2019,* iPhone 5 will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue use functions that rely on correct date and time including Apple Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing,” the notice reads. “This is due to the GPS time rollover issue that began affecting GPS-enabled products from other manufacturers on April 6, 2019. Affected Apple devices are not impacted until just before 12:00 a.m. UTC on November 3, 2019.”
The software update will still be available after Apple’s deadline, but backup and restore capabilities are limited to computers rather than the cloud.
So, like Apple, we highly recommend getting iOS 10.3.4 on your iPhone 5 as soon as possible and before November 3. In fact, everyone is encouraged to stay on the newest software versions from any platform. You’ll receive additional features, but it’ll also keep your device more reliable and secure.
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