If you own an iPhone 5, Apple says you need to update if you want to stay online.
It has nothing to do with daylight savings. It’s all to do with GPS.
If you’ve been living in the dark ages, GPS or the Global Positioning System, is a navigation system based on satellite communication and is made up of at least 24 satellites circling the planet Earth. Originally, it was the US Department of Defense (USDOD) that put satellites into orbit specifically for military use, but in the 1980s they were made available for civilian use.
GPS, according to GPS.gov’s website, is essential to the global information structure. It’s free, open and dependable and is in everything from cell phones, wristwatches, shipping containers, even bulldozers for example as well as ATM’s. GPS boosts productivity, saves lives, and is critical to US national security.
So what does this have to do with your iPhone 5?
Your iPhone 5’s GPS is part of the global information infrastructure and therefore allows you access to key online features such as email, web browsing, the App Store and iCloud. You will lose all these features if you don’t update to iOS 10.3.4 before 12AM UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on November 3rd.
This GPS time rollover issue began back in April of this year and if not updated will throw-off any feature that requires the correct date and time, Apple warns.
If you will not be able to update your iPhone 5 iOS system by Nov. 3rd, you don’t need to panic. But you will need to back-up and restore your iPhone using a Mac or PC computer in order to complete the update because the iCloud back-ups and over-the-air updates will no longer be available. They will no longer work.
Fourth-generation iPads will also be affected, but the only thing they are expected to lose is the use of the GPS function.
Apple says there is no need to panic as there are 9 percent of iOS device users that have software earlier than iOS 12 as of the 15th of this month. And since Apple is sending out warnings to update suggests that there must be a good number of people still hanging on to their aging handsets squeezing some use out of them.
In order to make sure that you have the latest iOS 10.3.4 software version for your Apple device, go to Settings then to General then to Software Update. Wait a few seconds. Then you will see a message telling you that either ‘your software is up to date’ or that there is a download available.