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Still got an iPhone 5? You need to update it to keep it working

If you or someone you know is still clinging on an iPhone 5, it needs to be updated within the next week to iOS 10.3.4, otherwise the handset is going to lose a serious amount of functionality.

The App Store, iCloud services, the ability to send and receive emails, and access to the web are some of the features you'll lose on your phone.

Apple says the problem is down to a GPS-related time bug that affects the way GPS services track times and dates (it's a bit like the millennium bug). Most modern devices have been built to cope, but some older hardware can get confused.

That older hardware includes the iPhone 5, but if you're still using it, then you should already know about it: Apple has been displaying full-screen alerts warning people to install the newest update.

Keep on updating

Keeping your phone (and every other device you own) up to date is a good practice anyway – that's why these updates are usually set to install themselves manually.

Sometimes though we can put off updates for whatever reason. As a result, our phones and other gadgets miss out on some important security patches and bug fixes.

If you don't manage to update your iPhone 5 in time – November 3, the deadline – then you'll have to use a computer to backup and restore the phone .

The iOS 10.3.4 was originally pushed out in July, so most affected hands should have already applied the patch.

Via 9to5Mac

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