If you’re in the market for a new iPhone do yourself a favor and cross the iPhone 5 and Phone 5c off your shopping list.
While it might be tempting, the iPhone 5 is no longer the top option for those looking to save some cash and/or pickup a phone with a 4-inch display.
If you have your eyes on the iPhone 5 or the colorful iPhone 5c, you’re better off going in another direction. And here are a few reasons why.
Apple ended software support for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c last year. The two devices stayed on iOS 10 and neither will device will get iOS 11 or iOS 12. This has some major implications.
If you buy the iPhone 5, you won’t get features from iOS 11 or iOS 12. For those of you thinking about a phone that first hit shelves in 2012, that might not be that big of a deal. You might be able to live with that. That said, features won’t be the only thing you miss out on.
This also means these devices will no longer get official bug fixes or security patches from Apple. You might be able to deal with a few problems but it’s lack of security that should have you worried. Apple’s devices aren’t immune to exploits.
If you store sensitive data on your phone, this alone should have you thinking about making the jump to another iPhone or an alternative.
We’ve been using the iPhone 5 since launch and we’ve used every iOS update Apple released for the device. We’ve had a mostly good experience, but performance started dragging in the latter stages of its life.
We’ve had a decent run on iOS 10, but our iPhone 5 hasn’t been immune to problems. It can be laggy and, at this point, extremely frustrating to use as a daily driver.
There’s no way to go back to an older version of iOS and there’s no way to upgrade to a newer version of iOS. You’re stuck with the performance you get.
If the iPhone 5 you’re looking to buy has a clean install, you might get good mileage out of it at first. However, over time, your experience will probably start to deteriorate as you accumulate more photos, apps, and other data. We’ve seen this happen first hand on our device.
Wiping the phone and restoring from a backup will always be there as a nuclear option if the phone becomes too unusable, but it’s a huge, time-consuming pain. Especially if you have to do it over and over and over again.
At this point, with the phone being as old as it is, and with iOS 10 running like it is, it’s probably a better idea to invest in a newer, more capable device. Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of options.
If you’re determined to go the iPhone route and you really want the 4-inch display, your best option is Apple’s iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE is cheap, comes with a 4-inch Retina Display, and delivers a better all-around experience thanks to its processor, RAM, and cameras. Oh, and it’ll be getting software support (including iOS 12) for the foreseeable future.
If you aren’t in love with the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, look closely at the iPhone 6s, a device that’s extremely efficient and extremely cheap.
And let’s not forget about the mind-boggling number of Android phones out there. You can get an outstanding Android device for under $200.
We’ve loved our time with the iPhone 5, but its time is up. If you’re looking for a new device you can do a whole lot better without breaking the bank.
Install iOS 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're currently exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.4.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.4.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.
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