On February 28, Pokémon Go will require trainers on Apple devices to be on iOS 11. Niantic’s announcement today explained that this would allow for “improvements to Pokémon Go that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices.”

This change also means that it’ll now exclude users on devices that cannot upgrade to iOS 11. Support for iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPads from iPad 2 to the fourth generation iPad, and the original iPad Mini will be discontinued as a result of this, as none of them can upgrade past iOS 10.

Once the February 28 update takes effect, these users will no longer be able to log into their accounts, use PokéCoins, or any of their bag items. For those of you who can upgrade, though, you’ll need to make the jump to iOS 11 to keep playing.

It’ll be interesting to see what features Niantic will create to take advantage of iOS 11. Right now, the most noteworthy feature that does so is AR+, which makes the game’s augmented-reality camera even better and adds new functions to the Pokémon capturing gameplay.

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