The inexorable march of technology will come to bite fans of Pokémon Go that are playing on older devices, as Niantic have revealed that they will be dropping support for a range of older devices in an update this October.
The affected devices are those still running Android 5 (codenamed Lollipop), iOS 10 and iOS 11. However, that will also extend to the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, both of which can be updated beyond iOS 11, but will do so with reduced functionality and support for system extensions.
In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO in October, we will end support for Android 5, iOS 10, and iOS 11, as well as iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 devices. Trainers with devices not specifically listed here will not be affected and don’t need to take any action.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) August 31, 2020
In order to still be able to play Pokémon Go, you will need to have Android 6 “Marshmallow” or iOS 12 – so long as you have an iPhone 6S or newer. That effectively means that Niantic are still supporting devices from the last five years.
Android 6 was released in October 2015, and while Android phone manufacturers have a spotty track record of updating their phones to the latest OS, that’s still a broad range of Android devices that will still have compatibility.
Similarly, the iPhone 6S came out in September 2015 and is still actively supported by Apple with iOS updates. It’s able to update to iOS 13 and will be supported with iOS 14 when that arrives in the next couple of months. It’s a bit of a shame that phones that can be updated to the new minimum iOS version are being left behind, but they aren’t able to take advantage of Apple’s emerging AR technology, for example, which has been folded into Pokémon Go over the last few years.
Source: Pokémon Go