In a support document Apple warns iPhone 5 users that if they don't update their devices to the latest iOS software, they won't be able to connect to the internet. The document published over the weekend claims that on November 03, 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.
“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”
“If the update to iPhone 5 is not completed by Sunday 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.”
Apple says that this update is due to the GPS time rollover issue that began affecting GPS-enabled products from other manufacturers. According to reports, the issue occurs once every 19 years and is rooted in how long GPS devices can hole dates. Those using other 2012 and earlier Apple products such as fourth-generation iPad, iPhone 4S and other older iPads will also have to update their software to the lastest, respective versions available for devices.
Apple users can update their devices wirelessly or by using a computer, however, after the deadline they will need to connect the device to Mac or PC as wireless updates will no longer work. Those who are still using older models have also started to receive pop-up alert messages over the past few days asking to update to the latest iOS or risk losing key online features.
Apple has also decided to continue using its human contractors to review Siri audio commands and dictation, after taking a break for weeks. Apple is resuming its human reviews of Siri audio with the latest iPhone software update. If you recall, Apple suspended the practice in August and apologized for the way it used human contractors to review the audio. Despite the fact that the practice is common in the tech industry as almost every major brand out there including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, etc. were found using human contractors to review the audio from their respective digital voice assistant service, it undermined Apple’s attempts to position itself as a trusted steward of privacy. Apple CEO Tim Cook repeatedly has asserted the company’s belief that “privacy is a fundamental human right,” a phrase that cropped up again in Apple’s apology.