If you are using an older iPhone, then we have some great news to share with you. The Cupertino based tech giant has announced that a new update is coming to iOS 12.4. The update is not introducing any new features and instead, it focuses on improving the GPS functions so that the older iPhones can correctly show the date and time. The update is rolling out via OTA (over the air) channels and we are advising everyone who uses an iPhone that is eligible for the update get it as soon as possible. New iOS 12.4 Update “Starting November 3, 2019, some iPhone and iPad models introduced in 2012 and earlier will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location and keep the correct date and time. 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 November 3, 2019,” said Apple in a new blog post. Supported Devices
- iPhone 5;
- iPhone 4s;
- iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular;
- iPad Mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular;
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular;
- iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular.
GPS Technology Most people don’t know this but the GPS technology on smartphones is required to keep a “close eye” on the real date and time in order to be able to accurately tell a user’s location. The GPS technology will track the date by counting the number of weeks and storing the values as 10-bit figures. After twenty years pass, the 10-bit week number gets reset to zero and this can cause problems with other apps and essential features that Apple’s operating system offers.