Apple Releases iOS 12.5 for Older iPhones Adding COVID Exposure Notifications and More

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While newer devices are running iOS 14, older devices are still rocking a classic version of iOS. Apple recently released an update, iOS 12.5, that targets these aging devices. This new version of iOS 12 brings Exposure Notifications to even more phones in Apple’s portfolio.

iOS 12.5 is essential to older iPhone owners as it allows users to participate in Exposure Notification programs around the world. Both Google and Apple worked together to develop this Exposure Notification system designed for easy contact tracing in an effort to reduce COVID-19 outbreaks.

iPhone users can enable exposure notifications in the Settings app or download state-sponsored apps that integrate with the Exposure Notification system.

Exposure notifications alert iPhone and Android device owners when they have close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

As part of the update, Apple also included security patches that block known vulnerabilities in the previous version of iOS 12. iOS 12.4.9, which has these vulnerabilities, was released in November of this year.

iOS 12.5 is available for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation).

iOS 12.5 can be downloaded on compatible devices via a free over-the-air update. Users can install the download by opening the Settings app. Then selecting General > Software update and following the prompts to install the update.

You should make sure that you have a full battery or keep your phone plugged-in during the upgrade process. You should also set an hour or so aside. It may take some time to download and install the update depending on your internet connection.

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