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Still using an iPhone 5? You’ll need to update by Sunday, Apple warns

(WKOW) — Are you still using your reliable iPhone 5? Unless you update before midnight Sunday, you might end up being out of luck.

(Update instructions are HERE.)

Apple is warning users of iPhone 5 to install an update before then or they will lose the ability to surf the web, check email and access the app store.

This is due to what Apple describes as a GPS time rollover issue that will affect the time and date on your phone.

It’s especially important to update your device’s software wirelessly or using your computer before Nov. 3 to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time including App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing, according to Apple.

Here’s how Apple describes it in their support notice:

Starting just before 12:00 a.m. UTC on November 3, 2019,* iPhone 5 will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time including App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing. 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 just before 12:00 a.m. UTC on November 3, 2019.

Update your device’s software
It’s always a good idea to keep the operating system on your iPhone updated. If you have an iPhone 5, it’s especially important to update your device’s software wirelessly or using your computer before November 3 to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time including App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing.

If the update to iPhone 5 is not completed by November 3, 2019, you will be required to back up and restore using a Mac or PC in order to update because over-the-air software updates and iCloud Backup will not work.

The handful of users who still have the iPhone 4s or the iPad 4th generation will also be required to update their devices, according to Apple, though failure to do so will only mean that GPS functions on that device won’t work.

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