Apple devices will need iOS 11 to keep playing
Pokemon GO announced recently that some of its trainers may need an upgrade. The game has elected to discontinue support of Apple devices unable to upgrade and implement iOS 11.
In an upcoming update, older Apple devices will no longer be able to play Pokemon GO. The devices affected range from years 2011 to 2013, and include the iPhone 5 and early generations of the iPad. A list of devices no longer supported can be found here.
The notice of discontinuation comes as Pokemon GO is becoming an increasingly technical game. Fans may remember that one of its most recent updates added AR+ to iOS 11, an upgrade that enables trainers to literally walk up to found Pokemon. It is likely that AR+ is becoming the new standard for the game; something that it hopes to implement for all devices as a default or available option.
In a prepared statement, this is what Niantic had to say about discontinuing support:
“[The] change is a result of improvements to Pokémon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices.”
The change will be effective immediately on February 28, 2018. After that, trainers on affected devices may no longer be able to log in from that device. However, continuing play is as simple as logging-in on a more recent device. No data should be lost in transition.
AR+ alone does not seem to warrant this latest decision from Niantic. It may be that further upgrades of the game are on the way. In the meantime, Android phones are yet waiting for a similar update.