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‘Pokemon GO’ Update to Cut Support For Older iOS Devices on February 28

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It looks like it’s time to move on to the iOS 11 — at least, if you’re a fan of the ever popular Pokemon GO. As per an announcement from the Pokemon GO team, the hit mobile game is set to see improvements in its overall performance. With this into account, support for Apple devices that are not capable of upgrading to iOS 11 will be discontinued. Such devices include the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5c.

When Will the Support For Older iOS Devices be Discontinued?

The cut of support for pre-iOS 11 devices will take effect on February 28. After such, affected users will no longer be able to access their accounts (and other items they have amassed in-game) from the unsupported devices. They must instead make use of a supported device in order to resume playing the game and maintain their progress.

Other Affected Apple Devices

The aforementioned iPhone models will not be the only Apple products affected by this update. The first, third, and fourth generation iPads from 2012 will no longer have support from the game as well. Furthermore, players will also be unable to continue their game with an iPad 2.

Generation 3 Pokemon

In other recent news, Pokemon GO developer, Niantic, previously brought in several Pokemon from the franchise’s Generation 3. This addition now makes the likes of Generation 3 starters Mudkip, Treecko, and Torchic available to the mobile game. While some Pokemon seem to be locked to certain regions, recent reports now claim that some of these Pocket Monsters have managed to make their way across other parts of the globe.

Some fans claim to have encountered Zangoose in the wild around the Europe/Asia region. On the other hand, others report that Seviper can be encountered in the America/Africa region. This is an interesting turn of events, as it suggests that the two Pokemon have now swapped regions. As to whether or not this trade is permanent remains unknown. That said, it is recommended that players nab these Pokemon the moment the opportunity arises, as they may become unavailable somewhere down the road.

Besides the aforementioned creatures, other Generation 3 Pokemon that have become available include Dustox, Beautifly, Wurmple, and Makuhita. Additional Generation 3 Pokemon can be acquired through different approaches. Such is the case for Mawile and Absol, which can be obtained through Raids. On the other hand, there are also region-exclusive Pokemon to keep an eye out for. Zangoose and Seviper aside, Electric Pokemon Plusle and Minun are also region exclusive as well.

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