If you are using an old iPhone or an old iPad now might be the right time to update your device as Apple has rollout out a new update to a selection of Apple device so that they can display date, time and location correctly.
In case you are not sure, we are talking about iPhones as old as the iPhone 4S and the first generation of iPads that have received a special update.
For all those who are using the iPhone 4s, iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular or the iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, the update to fix the GPS bug is available in the form of iOS version 9.3.6. And if you are using the iPhone 5 or the iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, the update will be made available to you in the form of iOS version 10.3.4. But if you are using the iPod Touch, the Wi-Fi only iPad models or iPad and iPhone models that have not been mentioned here, you have nothing to worry about.
Now, some of you might decide to skip this update altogether, but there is a good reason why you shouldn’t. The issue that the Cupertino, California based tech giant is trying to fix is called the Week Number Rollover issue. It is caused by the fact that the GPS systems that record the passage of time use a 10-bit paratmeter to do so. So, when these systems hit the week 1,024, they reset becuase of which some GPS systems are thrown off the roads – both literally and figuratively. The first count started on January 6,1980, and the first reset took place on August 21,1999. This means that the next reset took place on April 6, 2019.
Some GPS makers like Garmin and TomTom have already issued an update to their system and now Apple is doing the same. The iPhone maker has already rolled out an update to its newer iPhone and iPad models and now it is updating its older devices as well.
But that still doesn’t answer what will happen if you don’t update your device. Well, Apple says — “If you don’t update to the newest version of iOS available for your device before November 3, 2019, some models might not be able to maintain an accurate GPS position. And functions that rely on the correct date and time-such as syncing with iCloud and fetching email-might not work.”So if you might want to update the above mentioned iPhone and iPad models if you want to continue using your device.