It turns out that this was pretty accurate, thanks to tech developer Melvin Mughal who made a decision to benchmark the iPhone before and after applying the iOS 11.2.2 patch that is supposed to patch the Spectre vulnerability.
The reason for the discontinuation is attributed to the fact that the game has been updated.
The change will take place on February, 28 of this year and will make iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, 1 generation iPad mini, iPad 2, and 3 and 4 generation iPads incompatible with the popular mobile AR game.
Pokémon GO is available for Android and Apple iOS devices.
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Contrary to Apple's official statement on the bugs that it found "no measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS" following its December fixes, benchmarks show that the latest iOS 11.2.2 update that also fixes the Spectre flaw, has a significant impact on performance on some devices, with scores falling by as much as 56% in some tests, CultOfMac is reporting. On February 28, 2018, any device that cannot upgrade to iOS 11 will no longer be compatible withthe game, meaning people will need to use an Apple iOS device that is capable of upgrading to iOS 11 or switch to a compatible Android device to keep playing.
If you are now playing Pokemon GO on older smartphones, you can work with it until February 28. "After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokemon Go accounts from that device, or use their PokeCoins or other items in their Bags", the developer said.
Pokemon Go continues to receive new features through regular updates, such as the improved AR mode that rolled out for the game last month.
As we can see from the video the iPhone 7 running the iOS 11.2.2 booted up slightly faster than the device running the new beta, although the difference between the two was minimal. We'll update to the latest versions and note any changes below.