Apple Releases New Versions Of iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 For Older iPhones And iPads

By Dan Anderson ● July 22, 2019
  • Apple has released new versions of iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 to fix GPS problems on older iPhones and iPads

Along with iOS 12.4, Apple also released new versions of iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 to fix GPS problems on older iPhones and iPads that cannot update to iOS 12.4. These older software updates were released to address issues that could impact GPS location performance and incorrect system dates and times.

The iOS 9.3.6 update is available for cellular models of the original iPad mini, the iPad 2, and the iPad 3. And iOS 10.3.4 is available for the cellular version of the iPad 4 and the iPhone 5, according to MacRumors. If you have one of these devices, you can download the update by going to the Settings app > General > Software Update.

“Starting November 3, 2019, some iPhone and iPad models introduced in 2012 and earlier will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location and keep the correct date and time. 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 November 3, 2019,” says Apple in a support document. “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.”

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Apple also pointed out that this issue does not affect iPod touch or any iPad models that have Wi-Fi only.