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Pokemon GO will cut support for Apple devices released before 2013

Published: 17:21, 10 January 2018
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Pokemon GO will stop running on Apple products made before 2013. The players who own the affected devices will have to upgrade in order to play the game. The change will roll out on 28 February. Apple products are the only ones affected at the time.

Niantic is cutting their support for older iPhone models. In a recent announcement they said that Pokemon GO has surpassed the capabilities of the operating systems on devices that are not capable of upgrading to iOS 11, such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c models.

The change will take effect on 28 February. After that date, players with an older iPhone will probably carry on with their lives as usual. If there are some of you out there that will be genuinely affected by the upcoming update, you should either spend your PokéCoins fast, or think about an upgrade.

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Supported devices include:

  • Android

Android 4.4+

Rooted devices are not supported

Preferred resolution of 720x1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet)

Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)

GPS and Location Services

  • iOS

iPhone 5+

iOS 9+

Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)

GPS and Location Services

Jailbroken devices are not supported

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If you try to play Pokemon GO on an unsupported device after 28 February you'll get an error message not unlike the ones you have been getting before the update rolled out. This might be a good reason for you to go out and buy a new phone if you're a hard core fan of the game or just looking for excuses.

Recent updates Niantic has made to Pokemon GO include the  and the introduction of some more hardware specific features in its AR component. Will you be purchasing a newer phone just to be able to play Pokemon GO?

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