Dec 15, 2020

Coronavirus: Contact-tracing apps can now work on older iPhones

Apple has updated one of its earlier operating systems so the UK's contact-tracing apps can now function on older iPhone models. In theory, the apps are now able to work on the iPhone 5, launched in 2013, and 6, launched in 2015. The problem wasn't the app developers' fault - the underlying Exposure Notifications system built by Apple and Google just did not allow iPhones older than the 6S to access the iOS 14 operating-system update necessary to make things work. Now, a bespoke update - iOS 12.5 - should in theory mean all those proud owners of the iPhone 5S and 6 can now get the app. There's work to be done first to upgrade contact-tracing apps using the system.

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