Got an iPhone 5? No More Pokemon Go for You

Pokémon GO Support

Pokémon GO Support

Pokemon GO has stayed strong in giving players the chance to go out and become a Pokemon Master, and while the app has been accessible for quite some time on a number of smart devices, the end is nigh for a few older generation devices, starting with Apple products. While dropping support from older phones will probably affect only a small portion of Pokemon Go players, the announcement was not met with much enthusiasm from current players.

According to Niantic, an update to the game rolling out on February 28 will mean that Apple devices not able to support iOS 11 will be unable to cope with the upcoming improvements. "After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokemon GO accounts from that device, or use their PokeCoins or other items in their Bags". Otherwise, you might be out of luck.

Niantic hasn't revealed whether a similar change will come to Android devices, though if this move is as a result of the company making use of newer technology, then this will likely be the case. With more upgrades and new features undoubtedly planned for the coming months and years, having to maintain support for the iPhone 5 would have hamstrung Niantic and kept the game from reaching its potential.

Pokemon Go is a game that is still being enjoyed by millions of players around the world today, but those playing on older hardware will soon find themselves unable to play anymore. None of the devices listed above support iOS 11, which Apple released in September 2017.

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