If you own an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5C, you may want to buy a new phone in order to keep playing Pokemon Go. Support on those devices will stop next month as they cannot upgrade to the newer iOS 11 operating system.
Niantic posted an official announcement on the matter via the Pokemon Go website. You can read it all posted down below.
“In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO, we will end support for Apple devices not capable of upgrading to iOS 11, such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c models. This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices. This change will take effect on 02/28/2018. After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from that device, or use their PokéCoins or other items in their Bags. They will need to switch to a supported device to continue playing Pokémon GO. You can see the full list of impacted devices and learn more by visiting our Help Center.”
After February, iPhone 5 users wanting to continue catching Pokemon will have to upgrade to the iPhone 6, iPhone 8 or iPhone X. Devices pretty much released in 2013 or older are not going to work anymore.
There does not seem to be a similar issue for those that own an Android device. Niantic will probably make further changes to the game later this year.
Pokemon Go at one point was the most played video game in the entire world when it came out back in July 2016. The player count has dropped since then, although it still manages to have millions of players around the world.