Older iPhone models just got a new iOS 12.5 software update for COVID-19 exposure notification support
Apart from the new iOS 14.3 software update, Apple also released iOS 12.5 for older iPhone models that don't support iOS 14. Why are they still doing that for out of date devices? Well, turns out that the iOS 12.5 includes COVID-19 exposure notification support.
This is basically the Contact Tracing feature that we reported way back in April, which allows the user to turn on the COVID-19 exposure notification. On top of that, iOS 12.5 also offers some security updates due to unauthorized code execution. By the way, the older iPhone models that are available for this update are iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation). Like all software updates, this may vary between regions.
In case if you're wondering, how the COVID-19 exposure notification works is that when it is turned on, the iPhone will send a beacon to another user with the Bluetooth feature switched on. When the two people get close enough, their devices will exchange and record the Bluetooth identifiers. You can read more about it right here.
It's quite amazing that older iPhone models are still getting updates until today, but we are pretty sure that most of them have upgraded to another phone by now. That's all folks, stay safe and stay tuned for more trending tech news at TechNave.com.