Apple is reminding iPhone 5 owners that they will need to update their phone to iOS 10.3.4 by November 3 to avoid disruptions with cloud services like iCloud, App Store, etc. The update is required to mitigate the GPS time rollover issue that started affecting other products in the market from April this year.
iOS 10.3.4 was released by Apple back in July itself to fix this GPS time rollover issue. The company is now just sending out reminders to iPhone 5 customers who still have not updated their device to it. If you own a 4th gen. iPad, you also need to update the device to iOS 10.3.4 to ensure the GPS works properly and the system date and time don’t go haywire.
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.
For iPhones and iPads older than iPhone 5s, Apple had released the iOS 9.3.6 update to fix the GPS time rollover issue.
A number of iOS system services and features rely on the time and date to work. An incorrect system time/date could prevent the App Store, iCloud, and other cloud services from working properly. If you do not update your iPhone 5 to iOS 10.3.4 by November 3, 2019, you will have to back up and restore it using a PC since iCloud backup and OTA updates will stop working due to incorrect time/date.
Are you still rocking an iPhone 5? If so, why have you not upgraded to a newer iPhone yet?