Pokemon GO will be discontinued for Apple devices that can't be updated to iOS 11

Niantic has just announced it will stop supporting Apple devices that aren't running iOS 11 next month. If you own an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5c, you won't be able to play Pokemon GO any longer, the developer announced.

Apparently, the new change will take effect on February 28 via an update to the game. The reason behind Niantic's decision to discontinue support for Apple devices that can't be upgraded to iOS 11 stems from that fact that improvements to the game are now pushing Pokemon GO “beyond the capabilities of the operating system on such devices.”

So, after February 28, if you own an Apple device still not running iOS 11, you will no longer be able to access Pokemon GO account or make use of your PokeCoins and other items in the Bags.

Your Pokemon GO account will not be lost, but you will need to switch to a supported device to continue to play the game. Here are all Apple devices that will be affected by this change: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad 4th Gen, iPad 3rd Gen, iPad mini, and iPad 2.

source: Niantic



1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's a sad day when the iPad 4th is about to become obselete (in some ways), it was a beast during it's time. Although I couldn't imagine an iPad with less than 2GB ram being good these days since my old iPad Air struggled to hold more than 3 tabs in Safari.

2. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Wow talk about planned obsolescence. What if you have an older device that hasn't been hit by Apple's"feature" yet, and you don't want a $700+ new device(young child on parents old phone)? Android migration?

3. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Yes because planned obsolescence is determined by one app developer right?

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No, it's determined by Apple and sold to developers for benefits down the road.

6. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Hahaha, meanwhile Android 4.4 up to 8.1+ is still supported...so much for the "iDevices last longer" reality distortion field.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's just the 32bit phones. Apple stopped accepting 32bit apps for mac and iPhone. So much for planned obsolescence.

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