If you’re a Pokémon Go player in iOS and you can’t upgrade to iOS 11 you’re in a for a nasty surprise. Niantic have announced that following an upcoming update it’ll no longer be supporting Pokémon Go on devices that aren’t capable of upgrading to iOS 11. Niantic said:
“This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices.”
For those affected this rather nasty change will come into effect on 28th February 2018. Users with iPhones or iPads that can’t upgrade will no longer be able to access their Pokémon Go accounts from that device and will need to switch to a supported device to continue playing Pokémon Go. A pretty harsh announcement just after Christmas, as most kids will have just seen their best chance of a new mobile pass them by.
Niantic have been held back somewhat by support for older devices as Apple’s new ARKit technology offers some really interesting possibilities going into the future. It is bad news for those who won’t make the cut but for anybody still playing Pokémon Go on a newer device there could be some exciting times ahead.