Apple is warning owners of older iPhones and iPads that if they don't update their devices to the latest iOS software by Sunday, they won't be able to connect to the internet.
IPhone and iPad products from 2012 and earlier will need the update before midnight UTC on November 3 in order to maintain accurate GPS location and continue using the App Store, iCloud, email and web browsing, according to Apple.The GPS rollover issue is caused by the fact that the entire GPS system uses a ten-bit parameter to count weeks. When the count gets to 1,024, the system "rolls over." Apparently, this roll-over will prevent the older Apple devices from connecting to the internet. You will need to update the older apple devices as follows:
- iOS 10.3.4: iPhone 5 and iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
- iOS 9.3.6: iPhone 4s, iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA models only), iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
You can find the iOS software version used by your device by going to the Settings app and then opening the General section and looking further in the About subsection. If you do not update your device before Sunday, you will have to go through a much more complicated procedure. On the other hand, if your device continues to work, you didn't have the problem.
This issue points out the need to take the time to upgrade your devices.