At this point, if you’ve managed to navigate modern life and make it through your day with a completely functioning iPhone 5, we salute you. You’ve defeated Apple. You’ve laughed in the face of planned obsolescence. You have enjoyed life at a pace that us rundown, Apple rats can’t even fathom. You probably don’t even know about the AirPods Pro yet and are still content with your wired headphones and quaint iOS interface that mercifully shields you from a life revolving around notifications and self-monitoring.
However, because no one can have nice things, if you own a 2012-era iPhone 5, the game is up. It’s time to update. As reported by The Verge, iPhone 5 users should update their phones to iOS 10.3.4 before November 3 to keep essential apps functioning.
It’s All About the GPS
If you aren’t running the most up-to-date iOS, a GPS time rollover issue will disrupt crucial apps like the App Store, web browsing, iCloud, and email. GPS devices, including all of the phones in our pockets, run a week counter. That counter is only capable of running up to week 1,024. After that, the counter resets back to zero. Once this occurs, it has the potential of disrupting GPS devices that require accurate time data to run smoothly.
New gadgets are typically adapted to cope with the change in time. However, older devices aren’t so fortunate. People who still use the iPhone 4S, the first-generation iPad mini, the iPad 2, and the third- and fourth-gen iPads will all have to update to keep their GPS in working order. Verizon also cast a wider net, saying that the GPS issue might affect any device built between 2006 and 2016.
If you aren’t sure, the best bet is to just update your device before November 3, which will take care of any issue. If for whatever reason you miss the November 3 deadline, you’ll have to take a few extra steps since the GPS will affect iCloud and over-the-air updates. In that case, you’ll need to update your software by plugging your device into a computer. Apple has some handy instructions on how to do this.
Either way, Apple has delivered a strict deadline to update your phone: 12:00 a.m. UTC on November 3 (8 p.m. ET on November 2). This means that you only have a few more sweet days of iPhone 5 action. Enjoy them.