Pokemon GO To Drop Support For Older iOS Devices, Niantic Lab Confirms

Isaac Cain
January 11, 2018

Niantic's Pokemon GO development team has confirmed that support for Apple devices that are incapable of upgrading to iOS 11 will no longer be supported.

Niantic explains that this change is due to the fact that improvements to Pokemon Go are pushing the app beyond the capabilities of older versions of the mobile operating system.

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Bizarrely, Pokemon GO Hub also mentioned that they've received a lot of reports that players have been sent a raid pass although they still have an unused one for the January 9th EX-raid. If your iPhone is not capable of running iOS 11, you'll have to quit playing Pokemon GO until you get a new phone. AR+ is (currently) exclusive to the iPhone 6s and newer phones with iOS 11, as the mode is dependent the ARKit framework built into iOS 11. You can do that by updating your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Developer Niantic confirmed that the popular mobile game will soon discontinue support for devices that can not run the latest version of iOS.

The change will be rolled out on February 28, 2018, says Niantic. Players will have to switch to a supported device in order to keep playing the game. You won't be able to access your Pokemon GO account, including Poke Coins, items, everything. Intel said its chips, which power Macs and devices from other manufacturers, contain the flaw, as do processors based on ARM Holdings architecture, which is used in iOS devices and Android smartphones.

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