As announced today, the top-grossing mobile game Pokemon GO will stop supporting and will no longer work on iOS devices running iOS 8 and below. Niantic has decided to stop their support for these iOS versions to expand more game improvements in the future.
Support Will Be Discontinued For iOS 8 & Below
As we all know, iOS 8 has been released in 2014 for iPhone devices like iPhone 5 and 5S. But since the technology that Niantic has been using to improve Pokemon GO is also upgrading, some capabilities of the AR technology cannot be made by some lower iOS versions.
Here are the iOS devices that will no longer be able to play Pokemon GO:
iPad and iPad Mini (2012)
iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C (2012-2013)
Niantic already announced that some major updates will be coming this year and one of them is eliminating lower operating systems that may hinder the development of the game.
However, Pokemon GO trainers who are still using this iOS version still have a lot of time to upgrade to iOS 9 or higher until next month. The support will be discontinued after the expected next update on February 28, 2018.