For iPhone 5 users, an iOS update is also required to continue the ability to use functions that rely on correct date and time, including the App Store, iCloud, email and web browsing.
The update is needed due to a GPS time rollover issue that has been affecting GPS-enabled products from other manufacturers since April 6, 2019. Apple devices will not be impacted until just before 12 a.m. UTC (8 p.m. EST) on Nov. 3.
Devices that require an update include:
- iPhone 5
- iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
- iPhone 4s
- iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA models only)
- iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
If the update is not completed by Nov. 3, users will be required to back up their phones and restore them using a Mac or PC. Without the update, iCloud Backup will not work.