If you play Pokémon Go, you should be aware of the news about the game that came out today.
Pokémon Go developer Niantic has announced that in an upcoming update, the game will end support for Apple devices that don’t run iOS 11. The change is expected to take effect on February 28th, 2018.
Once the update rolls out, players on the affected devices will no longer be able to sign in.
The devices affected by this change include the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad 2, iPad mini (1st Gen.), iPad (3rd Gen.), and iPad (4th Gen.).
As for why this change is happening, Niantic explains that it’s making improvements to Pokémon Go “that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices.”
This news is disappointing, but sometimes developers must cut off support for older phones in order to continue improving their applications. At least Niantic has given Pokémon Go players more than one month’s warning so that anyone affected has some time to move to another device.
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Niantic just announced that Pokemon GO [Free] will be discontinued next month for iOS devices that cannot be updated to iOS 11. This will be implemented in an update to the app that will happen in the future. Pokémon GO has been pushing for new hardware specific features like the AR mode and they want to push further bringing improvements that require dropping support on earlier versions of iOS. Over the last year, we’ve seen dynamic weather and more come to Pokémon GO and I’m excited to see where the team takes the app going forward.
The deadline for them dropping support is February 28th and after that Trainers may not be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from the devices that are not supported. To continue playing, you will need to move to a supported device. The devices affected by this change are iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini (1st Generation), and iPad 2. If you’re on one of those devices and still play Pokémon GO regularly, you have over a month to upgrade to newer hardware. It isn’t uncommon for service based and living games to drop support for older devices across platforms so this was to be expected. Check out our forum thread for Pokémon GOhere.