Apple Needs You To Update Your Old iPhones Urgently

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Apple has issued a bug warning for users with older models of iPhones and iPads. It warns if you don't update those devices in the next fortnight, they might not be able to provide an accurate time nor GPS location. Here's what you need to do.

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Apple issued the alert requiring users with some iPhone 4s and 5 models as well as older generation iPads to update before 11am, 3 November (AEDT), or face some issues with the phone's ability to give an accurate GPS location or time and date. Additionally, iCloud and email might struggle to function without the correct time.

Apple explains if you miss this cut off, you'll still be able to update but you'll have to do it via iTunes or Finder via tethered connection rather than directly through the device.

It said the issues occurred due to a GPS update that rolled out earlier this year.

"This is due to the GPS time rollover issue that began affecting GPS-enabled products from other manufacturers on April 6, 2019"," the post said.

The following models require iOS 10.3.4 update:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular

The following models require iOS 9.3.6 update:

  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA models only)
  • iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular

How do I update my device?

To update your affected device, head to Settings, General and then hit About. From there, you can check iOS the device is on running on and if it's not the required one from above, slam that update button.

Even when you have older devices that are no longer supported by the latest updates, it's always a good idea to ensure they've got the latest possible update.

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Comments

    So my Gen 3 ipod touch is still good, right?

      The following models require iOS 10.3.4 update:

      iPhone 5
      iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
      The following models require iOS 9.3.6 update:

      iPhone 4s
      iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
      iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA models only)
      iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular

      Its quite literally listed in the article.

        if your device is not on the list its not affected.

          I guess the tongue-in-cheek nature of my comment was too obscure.
          I did not seriously expect my 2009 iPod to suddenly get an update from iOS 5.1.1 to iOS 9 or 10, seven and a half years after Apple last released an update for it.

          Thanks for your good intentions though folks.

    Sounds like a scam to brick old devices lol.

      Scare tactics. It works in election, so why not in commerce?

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