Apple releases new update for older iPhones and iPads to fix a major GPS issue

Apple releases new update for older iPhones and iPads to fix a major GPS issue
Shortly after releasing iOS 12.4, Apple announced that the iPhones and iPads that aren't compatible with the latest software update because they're too old will be getting another update specifically to address an issue with the GPS component of these devices.

According to Apple, starting November 3, 2019, some iPhone and iPad models introduced in 2012 and earlier will require an iOS update to maintain the GPS location feature accurate and keep the correct date and time.

The update is needed due to the GPS time rollover issue that began affecting GPS-enabled product from other manufacturers on April 6, 2019. Although Apple devices are not impacted yet, to continue to function properly, the GPS location feature needs a software update until November 3, 2019.

GPS technology uses the date and time when calculating one's location and stores the week number using ten binary bits, The Register reports. Every 20 years or so, the counter goes back to zero, which makes the devices with GPS to revert to an earlier year, thus causing the location feature to fail.

If you don't update your old iPhone or iPad before November 3, 2019, some models might not be able to maintain an accurate GPS position. Moreover, other features that rely on the correct date and time, such as iCloud syncing and email fetching, might stop working.

If you still own an iPhone 4s, iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi+Cellular, iPad 2 Wi-Fi+Cellular, and iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi+Cellular, the updated software version number should be iOS 9.3.6. For iPhone 5 and iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi+Cellular users, the updated software version number should be 10.3.4.

Apple says that iPod touch and all iPad models that have Wi-Fi only will not be affected by this GPS issue. Also, it will not affect iOS devices newer than those mentioned in the article.

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6 Comments

2. LEEDAQ

Posts: 191; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

holy fk.... no wonder iphones are a lot worth more than andriod..

3. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

They are my friend they are.

4. moudire73

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 12, 2019

Apple and their crazy support for iPhones. No wonder sales will eventually decrease if an 7 -year phone still works and receives timely updates!! This is the way to build a loyal clientele base.

5. wickedwilly

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Most of the updates on IOS are to bring it up-to-date with features Android users have had for years or fix bugs and bug fixes of previous bug fixes. Maybe this is why 27% of iPhones users are switching to Android, while only 7% are switching from Samsung to IOS. So much for the loyal clientele base!

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Did you know that 27% of statistics are made up on the spot by 7% of the people who post them? Apple supports their product much longer than any other OEM. That's just a fact. Doesn't matter why.

7. wickedwilly

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

People are moving away from iPhones whether you like it or not. Yes Apple "supports" their phones with IOS updates, my point is the quality of the updates. Remember Apple has a continued history of bricking phones through updates.

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