Apple Releases iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 With GPS Bug Fix for Older iPhones and iPads

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    Alongside the launch of iOS 12.4, Apple today released new versions of iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 for older iPhones and iPads that aren't able to run iOS 12.4.

    The iOS 9.3.6 update is available for the iPhone 4s and cellular models of the original iPad mini, the iPad 2, and the iPad 3, while iOS 10.3.4 is available for the cellular version of the iPad 4 and the iPhone 5.

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    These updates can be downloaded on eligible devices over-the-air through the Settings app. To access the software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

    Apple released these older software updates to address an issue that could impact GPS location performance and lead to the system date and time being incorrect. In a support document, Apple says that starting in November 2019, some iPhone and iPad models introduced in 2012 and earlier will require this update to maintain an accurate GPS location due to the GPS time rollover issue that began affecting GPS-enabled products from other manufacturers on April 6, 2019.

    Apple recommends all users with eligible devices install the new updates. Apple devices won't be affected until November 3, 2019, so there should be plenty of time for users with affected iPhones and iPads to install the new software.

    According to Apple, those who don't update to the new version of iOS by November 3 might see their iPhones and iPads failing to maintain an accurate GPS position, and features that rely on correct date and time, like syncing with iCloud and fetching email, might not work.

    Article Link: Apple Releases iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 With GPS Bug Fix for Older iPhones and iPads
     
  2. asv56kx3088 macrumors 6502

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    Wait, are you sure?
     
  3. Xenomorph macrumors 65816

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    Quite a jump, there.
     
  4. CarlJ macrumors 68030

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    Ugh, I have an iPad Air (original) that I've kept on 10.x to run some older software. Now they've released an updated 10.x, but it sounds like I won't be able to get it because the iPad Air is capable of running 12.x.
     
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Sorry, typo...should be iPhone 5.
     
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    AppleTV3, AppleTV3(2013), iPhone 4S and anything newer got updates today - this has all way of a 0-day and not only the GPS updates since iPads without GPS got updates too. This no CVE is weird…
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  9. Superhai macrumors 6502

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    I never thought my iPad 3 would receive an update, so I am quite amazed!
     
  10. headsh0t95 macrumors regular

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    Only newer iPads without GPS got an update, the 12.4 update. That does actually contain security fixes.

    The older ones are only for iPads with GPS. They say “no cve” because they only contain the GPS fix and nothing else.
     
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    Just got rid of my iPad 2 two weeks ago. I assumed these things were long dead. Mine was so slow, and was running a much out-dated version of iOS (9). Didn't see that coming!
     
  12. zorinlynx macrumors 603

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    Huh, was this GPS fix also in 12.4? There've been some people complaining about GPS issues in the past year or so and it would be nice if it were fixed.

    Also, to all those people who say Apple never updates older versions of iOS when problems come up: HA HA!
     
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    You should be able to update to 10.3.4. One cannot jump 2 versions on the device itself.
     
  14. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000

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    It is good thing that Apple push software updates do older version. It shows Apple cares about its customers, that is not all OEMs willing to do.

    Apple at this large size, should have resource to maintain support for two operating system at same time.

    Many of Apple’s customers have iPhone 6 and they still functioning fine. Apple should able to maintain iOS 12 for at least one more year for security updates.
     
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    Wow, support for an iPad 2, after 8 years. That’s amazzzzzzing. Seriously.
     
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    Yeah color me shocked too. I saw the no CVE part and flocked here to see what the 0-day was ... turns out its only supposedly a GPS fix. Seems odd to just patch for these issues though.

    Edit: Unless they want to be accountable to first responders who may be responding to a GPS signal that is bouncing around due to being on an older device...
     
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    I'm kinda annoyed that I'm not going to be able to get it for my iPhone SE. I have no desire to update to iOS 12 for the fix.
     
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    this is for GPS
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  21. BarbaricCo macrumors member

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    Will this slow down my iPhone4S so I can finally change the phone or is this the new wind of Apple respect for dinosausers diversity? :)
     
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    It might not apply to iOS 11, if they store the GPS integer using a different method than previous OS's.
     
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    Wrong

    Even if the Air had iOS 9, or 8, or 7.0.3 and you do a software update via settings it will request you to download iOS 12
     
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    **** me. The rollover broke the GPS on my 4 and 4S as expected, but my 5 with iOS 6 (the one I actually use daily) has been working fine. Kind of odd that these ones were delayed, but I guess I don't get to use GPS anymore staring in November...
     
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    Didn't expect this, I remember installing iOS 9.3.5 on my 5s back in the day, good times.
     

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