Pokemon Go Ends Support For Older iPhones and iPads

Pokemon Go Ends Support For Older iPhones and iPads

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has announced it will be dropping support for Apple devices that can not be upgraded to iOS 11.

In a post published on the Pokemon GO website, developer Niantic explained how a new update to the augmented reality game would "push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices".

Pokemon Go will discontinue support for these devices on February 28th, 2018.

"After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokemon Go accounts from that device, or use their PokeCoins or other items in their Bags". It has now announced that Pokemon GO will soon become unplayable for even more players on iPhone and iPad.

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Affected devices include the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad (4th and 3rd generation), iPad mini (1st generation) and iPad 2.

While Niantic doesn't specify which improvements are making non-iOS 11 devices obsolete, the addition of an AR+ mode that utilizes Apple's ARKit technology was the first sign that Pokemon Go was leaving old devices behind. While dropping support from older phones will probably affect only a small portion of Pokemon Go players, the announcement was not met with much enthusiasm from current players.

The move is reportedly being made so that new unannounced features of the game can be implemented without the fear of problems and bugs from interactions with old software.

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