Pokemon Go will end support for pre-iOS 11 Apple devices by March

Mobile users are probably used to the eventual demise of their phones and the nonfunctionality of apps they bought long ago, no matter which manufacturer or operating system is behind their daily driver. Obsolesence is a way of life. But that reality won’t be of any comfort to Pokemon Go players on older iPhones, who’ve been told this week that their time has come.

“In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO, we will end support for Apple devices not capable of upgrading to iOS 11, such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c models,” Niantic announced. “This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices.”

So in a nutshell, come the end of February, you’re going to need a newer phone than one from 2012/2013 to play POGO, else everything you’ve paid for in the game will begin collecting dust and you will be playing other games. It’s not currently clear which other devices are destined for the chopping block in the near future, but it does appear that Niantic’s plan is to drop you rather than create a low-load version of the app to keep dedicated customers on older devices, just as it was Niantic’s plan to block all rooted/jailbroken devices rather than sort out actual cheaters.

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Wow, barely squeaking by with my 5S.

I love this game, but there’s no way I would buy a new phone just to continue playing. Especially considering how expensive phones are these days.

Frankly I’m surprised at the whole “your phone is old so you deserve to be dropped” attitude throughout these comments. It’s a phone. It shouldn’t need to be replaced every few years, Apple just wants you to believe that. Have we really bought into the marketing so completely? Do people buy new TVs and computers every few years too?
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Sounds like Niantic got paid by Apple.

Same deal as how some games got paid by Windows to only support Window 10.

This is the tactic to get people to buy into their newer stuff (which costs more) so they can make more money even tho the people probably didn’t need to, but if they want to enjoy certain games, they HAVE to, no choice.

Melissa McDonald

You gotta hand it to Apple, they are kings of no-backward-compatibility and your-phone-left-behind (eventually). “Just buy a new one”. And they are edging towards being the first trillion dollar company.

I know I have a disturbed mind, but I just got the mental flash of the scene in “A Clockwork Orange” where Alex is being asked to sign the contract where he will undergo the Ludovico technique and be conditioned against violence. He peers at the verbiage, and the prison guard shouts crossly, “DON’T READ IT, SIGN IT!”

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I still havent upgraded my iOS on my &s because I know their updates are garbage for even slightly used phones. Can’t wait to switch away from Apple.