Tick Tok: Your Older Model iPhones and iPads Lose Internet Sunday
Are you one of the people who's still resisting upgrading to the newest iPhone or iPad model? Then there's something you'll want to add to your to-do list this weekend in addition to figuring out how to reset your microwave clock and change the battery in your smoke detectors.
That's your friendly reminder that this weekend is Daylight Saving Time. You'll want to set your clocks back one hour before going to sleep on Saturday night. We get one extra hour of sleep...but next week it's probably going to be almost dark by the time you get home from the office. Sunset on Sunday happens at 5:33 p.m. and the days keep getting shorter from there.
According to CNN, Sunday will also mark the day when older Apple products will feel the effects of a GPS time rollover issue that affected GPS enabled devices from other manufacturers in April. iPhones and iPads released in 2012 and earlier won't be able to connect to the internet because of this issue (which occurs every 19 years.)
If you want to continue using these older model iPhones and iPads, you'll need to update them to the latest iOS available for the device to keep the GPS location accurate before Sunday, November 3 at 12 a.m. UTC. If I did the conversion correctly, that actually falls at 6 p.m. MDT on Saturday, November 2. (You may want to have it done by 5 p.m., just in case I'm off by an hour because of the time change.)
The most up to date software available will be 10.3.4 or 9.3.6 depending on which iPhone or iPad you have. Here's how Apple breaks it down on their website:
- iPhone 5
- iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
- iPhone 4s
- iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA models only)
- iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
If you forget to update your device before the deadline, it's not the end of the world. Apple says you can still update it, but you'll need to do so by ding a restore from your computer since your device can't connect to get over-the-air updates or back-up to the iCloud.