Corona app now also available for older iPhones

People are encouraged to use the Corona warning app to contain the coronavirus. So far, however, the app could not be used on older iPhones. But that is now changing.

In December, Apple rolled out an update to iOS 12.5, with which older iPhones also received support for the tracing interface within the Corona app. Until then, at least iOS 13.5 was required to use the Corona warning app. But even if Apple created the basis for using the app, the application could not yet be installed on older devices. Because it required a more up-to-date system. But that is now changing. The developers are now bringing the Corona app to older iPhones.

The new functions in the update to 1.12

The update raises the Corona warning app to version 1.12 and will be available for download from February 10th

today, as can be read in the Corona blog . The Corona app will then be compatible with iOS 12.5 and will finally also run on older iPhones such as the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

In addition to compatibility with iOS 12.5, the update also brings a

few other innovations. This includes, among other things, a new encounter history that will be added to the contact diary introduced at the end of December . With the encounter history, users of the app receive more detailed information about when they had an encounter with a low or high corona risk. The operators emphasize that the information is provided in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations.

Also read: Corona warning app – when did you have the last “green” risk encounter?

Many iPhones could not use the Corona app

In the past few days and weeks, the Corona warning app has received updates quite often. Usually these made minor adjustments. With the contact diary or the overview of the current infection numbers , the app also got some more extensive new functions. Even if the update that has now been announced is a bit smaller in comparison, it is still very important. According to an analysis by Apple , around 10 percent of all iPhones still run with an operating system version prior to iOS 13. So you have not yet had access to the Corona app. Apple only introduced around two percent of these devices in the past four years.

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