Apple tells iPhone 5 owners they must update to iOS 10.3.4


As Arnie would say, "Do it now!"
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You must update to iOS 10.3.4 if you want to continue using your iPhone 5.

Apple says the handset’s GPS location and features that rely on the correct date and time — like iCloud — will stop working properly on November 3 if the update is not installed.

iPhone owners do a pretty terrific job of updating as soon as new software becomes available. More than half are already running iOS 13, which rolled out just a month ago.

But if you’re slow at updating an you use an iPhone 5, it’s time to catch up. Your handset will stop working properly if you do not install iOS 10.3.4 by November 3.

iPhone 5 needs iOS 10.3.4

“This is due to the GPS time rollover issue that began affecting GPS-enabled products from other manufacturers on April 6, 2019,” Apple explains in a new support document.

It started when the Global Positioning System had its second-ever “week number rollover” earlier this year. It happens once every 1024 weeks, and it resets GPS’ time keeping component to zero.

This is a problem for devices that rely on GPS for keeping accurate time. Fortunately, Apple’s more recent devices are already prepared for it, so they’re not affected. But iPhone 5 is.

And it’s going to cause you all kinds of headaches if you don’t update.

What happens if you don’t update?

iPhone 5 handsets running earlier versions of iOS will no longer maintain an accurate GPS location. What’s more, features that rely on the correct date and time will stop working correctly.

This includes iCloud, the App Store, email, and web browsing, Apple says. You will also be prevented from installing new software updates over-the-air.

If you don’t update to iOS 10.3.4 before 12 a.m. UTC on November 3, then, you will be forced to backup and restore your iPhone 5 using a Mac or PC to get the latest software.

Update your iPhone 5 today

It’s better to be prepared by installing iOS 10.3.4 today. You can do this by opening the Settings app on your iPhone, tapping General, and then choosing Software Update.


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