Back in July, Apple released updated version of iOS for older iPhones and iPad to address GPS location performance on devices running older versions of the operating system. At the time, Apple revealed that the issue would lead to system date and time being incorrect due to the problem. While the problem affected devices produced by other manufacturers from April, Apple’s devices won’t be affected until November 3rd of this year. As a result, Apple has advised iPhone 5 owners to update to iOS 10.3.4 before November 3. If the owners of the smartphone fail to do so, key apps such as iCloud and App Store will no longer work on the devices.
In a recent support document, Apple revealed that the 10.3.4 update is required to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use the aforementioned services along with email and web browsing. On the other hand, iOS 9.3.6 update is available for iPhone 4s and original iPad mini, the iPad 2, and the iPad 3.
Apple noted, “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 to use functions that rely on correct date and time including App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing. 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.”
Moreover, if the users fail to update their devices in time, the users will need to back up and restore their devices as over-the-air update won’t work. In case you own iPhone 5, you will need to go to Settings and select General and tap on About. From there, you can check if you will need to update the OS version to 10.3.4.