There are few social games in the world that came out with more hype than Pokemon Go. Developed by Niantic to be THE augmented reality game on the market, Pokemon Go has struggled at times to harness the immense fanbase. Despite early struggles, Niantic hit a rhythm with their title in 2017 with a slew of high-quality updates and premium events. Now, unfortunately, it looks like the company behind Pokemon Go may be making a potentially fatal mistake to their young title. According to recent reports, Niantic is discontinuing support for old iOS devices in order to go exclusively with iOS 11.
The decision by Niantic to make their title available only on iOS 11 devices isn’t wholly unexpected, but it is still equally unsatisfying. Many developers will choose to focus exclusively on a certain level of technology, opting not to have to deal with older titles. However, with this decision, Niantic is essentially forgetting about their core demographic: younger kids who love Pokemon. For many young Pokemon Go players, the option to upgrade to the newest iOS device isn’t just unlikely, it is essentially impossible to do.
Niantic revealed their decision to forego operating with older iOS devices via their official websites. The new update will be released at the end of February and it will functionally make the game unplayable on these old devices. Among those no longer usable will be the iPhone 5 and 5c, the iPad (3rd, 4th Gen), the iPad 2, and the iPad Mini. If you own any of those devices, you can wave at your Pokemon now.