Pokemon Go won’t work on your older iPhone starting next month
It may finally be time to go to your nearest Pokémon Professor and update that Pokédex.
Niantic has announced that it’ll be ending support for all Apple devices that aren’t able to upgrade to iOS 11. That means iPhone 5 and 5C — as well as iPads and iPad Minis purchased in 2012 or earlier — that can’t meet the game’s growing computing needs.
“This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices,” Niantic’s team explained in a brief statement. After February 28, affected users won’t be able to access anything in their account on those devices.
After Pokémon Go’s latest update, Pokemon now have fixed positions and appear to scale, so big ’Mons like Snorlax tower over you. So, if you approach a Pokémon’s position too quickly, its awareness bar will spike and it’ll run away. Recent updates have also added special weather effects and improved gym battles, and rumors suggest that a PvP battle mode may finally be in the works.
That’s a lot of high-end upgrades for obsolescent hardware, especially given the recent controversy with Apple throttling older iPhones to save battery life.
If you’re one of the affected iPhone users, don’t worry too much. If and when you upgrade your phone, simply log in with your Google account info and all your favorite monsters and items should be waiting for you.
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