Niantic, the creators of the hit game Pokémon Go has just announced that it will no longer support devices not running iOS 11. Devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C and older will no longer be able to play the game.
Reason given is that the new update will include new capabilities that are only enabled when the user is running iOS 11. At the moment, the iPhone 5S is the oldest device that can still run Apple’s latest mobile operating system.
Niantic’s statements is as follows: “In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO, we will end support for Apple devices not capable of upgrading to iOS 11, such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c models. This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices. This change will take effect on 02/28/2018. After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from that device, or use their PokéCoins or other items in their Bags. They will need to switch to a supported device to continue playing Pokémon GO.”
The move might anger some fans, especially ones who’ve invested a lot of playtime on the game. But that’s how technology works, every new upgrade not only applies to software but to hardware as well.
If you’re a Pokémon Go player, has the issue affected you in some way?