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Apple warns iPhone 5 users: Update to 10.3.4 ASAP

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If you are an iPhone 5 user and you haven't yet updated your phone to iOS 10.3.4, time is running out. Apple says you need to do so before midnight on November 3, 2019, at least if you want your iPhone 5 to keep working with the App Store, iCloud, e-mail and web browsing.

Apple explained the issue in a support document:

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 GPS bug fix was first pushed out by Apple in July, and has been available as an Over the Air (OTA) update since then. iPhone 5 users who haven't already updated to the new release are now being presented with a full-screen push warning to update, according to 9to5Mac.

The GPS issue also affects iPhone 4S, iPad 2, third-generation iPad (iPad with Retina Display), and fourth gen iPad, but those non-updated devices will simply stop working with GPS-related apps and services at the deadline. iPhone 5 users will suffer more significant issues.

If your iPhone 5 isn't updated before the deadline, you'll have to use a Mac or PC equipped with iTunes in order to download and install the 10.3.4 update to continue working.

Are you still using an iPhone 5? Have you upgraded to 10.3.4 or are you holding off? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Apple stops signing iOS 13.1, hindering firmware downgrades

Apple on Monday stopped signing iOS 13.1, a move on the Cupertino-based company’s part that prevents most iPhone and iPad users from downgrading from any newer version of the mobile operating system.

It’s worth noting that Apple stopped signing iOS 13.0 just last week along with iOS 13.1.1. For whatever reason, Apple continued to sign iOS 13.1 alongside iOS 13.1.2, with the latter being the latest release at the time of this writing.

iPhone XS smacks iPhone 11 Pro in app launching speed test

Apple’s annual iPhone unveiling typically includes the introduction of an all-new SoC with modest speed improvements, with this year’s focus being the A13 Bionic chip. At the Keynote, Apple’s vice president of silicon manufacturing Sri Santhanam said that all mechanisms of the A13 Bionic chip would be nearly 20% faster than its predecessor; but is this the case?

Now that the iPhone 11 Pro is readily available to those who pre-ordered or tried their luck at local retail stores, it should come as no surprise that these numbers are being put to the test. In one example, YouTube personality EverthingApplePro compared the app launching performance of the iPhone 11 Pro to the previous-generation iPhone XS with astonishing results:

What is the oldest iPhone you should buy?

The new iPhone is just around the corner. With even a Pro version supposedly coming this year, it's clear that the iPhone will be one of the best smartphones of 2019. It's also clear that's going to be one of the most expensive ones as well. And not all of us can afford it. Certainly, I can't. Not if I want to buy other things like food.

Maybe you're like me, and you don't want to spend that much money on the latest model. Instead, you're looking for an older, cheaper model. However, this brings up the question: What's the oldest iPhone you should buy? If you're asking yourself the same question, then you came to the right place. We'll take a look at older iPhone models to determine which is the best based on their price and iOS support.

Wallpapers of the week: full spectrum color

Our Wallpapers of the Week category is populated on Sundays with photo quality images for your favorite iOS devices. In contrast to last week's true black OLED friendly wallpapers, the following collection is vibrant and full spectrum color. From reds to blues and orange to purple, these full color wallpapers are going to light up your screen.

iPhone Xr tech specs

Alongside Apple’s flagship iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max handsets, Apple also unveiled a budget handset known as the iPhone Xr at the company’s September 12th event.

In this piece, we’ll outline the under-the-hood specifications that come standard on the budget-friendly iPhone Xr:

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max tech specs

Apple unveiled two flagship handsets at the September 12th event, subtly named the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max, with the former being a 5.8-inch model just like the previous-generation iPhone X and the latter being a 6.5-inch model for those who prefer larger displays.

In this piece, we’ll outline the under-the-hood specs that come standard on the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max models:

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max bring improvements to battery life

As if Apple’s iPhone X didn’t already provide amazing all-day battery life, Apple shattered these capabilities with its newly-announced handsets: the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max.

Citing Apple’s own Phil Schiller, the iPhone Xs offers a 30-minute battery life bump over the previous-generation iPhone X. The gains are impressive considering the handset’s augmented hardware and powerful capabilities.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max adopt improved IP68 water resistance

Apple’s new flagship handsets, the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, pack momentous hardware upgrades to the microchips and silicon inside, but they also feature improved resistance to water.

Taking the stage at the September 12th event, Apple’s own Phil Schiller revealed how the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max each feature a robust IP68 water resistance rating, which is good for 2 meters for up to 30 minutes.

iPhone Xs and Xs Max feature faster Face ID authentication

At Apple’s September 12th event, the Cupertino-based company unveiled its new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max handsets with a bevy of hardware upgrades from their predecessor, the iPhone X.

One of the significant leaps comes by way of faster and more secure Face ID authentication, the process of which has been sped up with improved algorithms and a zippier secure enclave.

Let’s Talk iOS 233: Understatement of the year

Let's Talk iOS podcast on iPhone X

Cody and Sebastien talk about Apple's education event where the company unveiled new software and a little bit of hardware too. They share thoughts about the overall event, what was announced, and of course, the new iPad. Cody can't help getting excited about the possibility of a new Apple Watch design. Sebastien is all in too.