Niantic just announced that Pokemon GO [Free] will be discontinued next month for iOS devices that cannot be updated to iOS 11. This will be implemented in an update to the app that will happen in the future. Pokémon GO has been pushing for new hardware specific features like the AR mode and they want to push further bringing improvements that require dropping support on earlier versions of iOS. Over the last year, we’ve seen dynamic weather and more come to Pokémon GO and I’m excited to see where the team takes the app going forward.

The deadline for them dropping support is February 28th and after that Trainers may not be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from the devices that are not supported. To continue playing, you will need to move to a supported device. The devices affected by this change are iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini (1st Generation), and iPad 2. If you’re on one of those devices and still play Pokémon GO regularly, you have over a month to upgrade to newer hardware. It isn’t uncommon for service based and living games to drop support for older devices across platforms so this was to be expected. Check out our forum thread for Pokémon GO here.

Update: Niantic has further clarified this new policy-

  • Terroantula

    No one plays this game any more, was a two week fad back in 2016.

    • Eli Hodapp

      Roughly two million people a month are downloading the game, STILL. It's making around $20m a month, STILL. Where are you getting "no one" from? I'd love to see that data. Or, by "no one" do you mean "I don't"?

  • BGB

    Makes sense: if you can't afford a new device after more than five years you are probably not spending a lot of money on IAPs, and no for-profit developer wants to keep free players.

  • Wizard_Mike

    The wording says devices that can be upgraded to iOS 11, rather than saying devices running iOS 11. Does that mean if I'm on an iPhone 6+, but still running iOS 10 I'll still be able to play it?

  • qwertimus

    So what you mean is 32-bit support will be dropped, it will only run on 64-bit devices?