Apple today released iOS 12.5.1, an update for older models that fixes a bug in the exposure notification feature. The update was released approximately one month after the company rolled out iOS 12.5.
Apple released iOS 12.5 to older iPhone and iPad models last month. The update added support for the company’s exposure notification system, which alerts users when they have been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Apple developed this contact tracing system along with Google and released it earlier in 2020. The Cupertino company bundled exposure notifications into iOS 13.7 and rolled it out to its current devices, starting with the iPhone 6 and newer.
iOS 12.5.1 contains a single bug fix that deals with an issue with exposure notifications. According to release notes for iOS 12.5.1, the update “fixes an issue where Exposure Notifications could incorrectly display logging profile language.”
The new iOS 12.5.1 update is available for the following older iPhone and iPad models, including the iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPod touch 6th gen.
Users who have enabled automatic updates on these older devices will receive iOS 12.5.1 automatically. Owners can also manually install the update by opening the Settings app and going to General > Software Update.