21 November 2019
Apple has warned its iPhone 5 users to update to iOS 10.3.4 as soon as possible otherwise risk losing the data. Apple has put up this serious recommendation officially on its support page and elaborated on why it’s indispensable and what would happen if you don’t update.
Apple recommends that starting just before November 3, iPhone 5 will require an iOS update to continue using App Store, iCloud, email, web, and other services that require GPS or have used GPS.
A few months back, the GPS had its second-ever “week number rollover,” a phenomenon that happens every 1024 weeks, which is 19.7 years and its time-keeping component would reset back to Week Zero. The software which aren’t coded to anticipate the rollover to zero may stop working or could be moved back in time by 20-40 years. So, Apple recommends the update will help you keep the risk at bay.
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.
The update will maintain an accurate GPS location and continue to use functions that rely on the correct date and time.
Apple also recommends,
If the update to iPhone 5 is not completed by November 3, 2019, 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.