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Apple updating older iPhones and iPads to fix GPS accuracy issue

Apple iPhone 5s
Apple iPhone 5s (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Appe announced it is rolling out a new update for older iPhone and iPad models to fix GPS time rollover issue.
  • The devices affected by the issue include the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation and iPad mini 1st generation.
  • The update is coming in two versions: iOS 10.3.4 and iOS 9.3.6.
  • The issue won't affect users until November 3rd, but it's best to update sooner rather than later.

Apple announced (opens in new tab) it is rolling out a new software update for older iPhone and iPad devices fix a GPS time rollover issue. Among the devices affected are the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad 4th generation, iPad 3rd generation, iPad mini 1st generation and iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + Celluar).

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.

Apple says if you don't update your device by the November 3rd date, your device will have issues maintaining accurate GPS position.

The change is not taking effect until November, but it would be wise for owners of these devices to update as soon as possible. To update your phone, go to Settings, tap on General, then tap on Software Update and if the download is available, tap on Download and Install.

There are two software versions for the update. Version 10.3.4 is affecting the iPhone 5 and iPad 4th generation and version 9.3.6 is affecting iPhone 4s, iPad mini 1st generation, iPad 2 and iPad 3rd generation.

If you own one of these older iPhones or iPads, let us know if you updated your device.

2 Comments
  • The 9.3.6 update is NOT downloading OTA to my ancient 4s. Just sits with spinner displaying Download and Install—somebody messed-up at Apple?
  • I plugged my phone into my laptop and downloaded the update through iTunes and it's working for me.