Pokemon GO will soon no longer be supported for iPhone devices running anything below iOS 11, the latest iPhone operating system update. The app update coming in February is when this change will be implemented, in which anyone with an iPhone 5 or older will either need to upgrade phones, or hang their GO gear up to retire.
Developers Niantic made the announcement via their blog page.
“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. This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices. This change will take effect on 02/28/2018. After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from that device, or use their PokéCoins or other items in their Bags. They will need to switch to a supported device to continue playing Pokémon GO.”
You still have time to enjoy the game before the update launches. One problem is that many iPhone users have been intentionally holding back on updating their phones to iOS 11, due to several reported issues. This will force those users to update their iPhones when they may not want to.
iOS 11 plays have also reportedly been having issues with the Pokemon GO plus accessory device. Whether its connection issues or responsiveness, many players have resigned to simply not use the device. Niantic has shown no interest in resolving these issues either.
Watch out, iPhone users. Things may be getting a bit more difficult for you here soon.