The new Pokemon Go 1.7.0 version with the Buddy feature is announced but not released like on Android.
The rollout of the new Pokemon Go App update with the Buddy Pokemon feature is underway for Android. The Google Play store is listing Pokemon Go app 0.37.0 since yesterday. Depending on your location around the world you got the new release with the Pokemon Buddy feature already. Pokemon trainers using an Apple iPhone or iPad are out of luck. The Pokemon Go app 1.7.0 release is not listed yet as of September 11, 6am ET.
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Update: It is Monday, September 12. So far the Pokemon Go app 1.7.0 with the Buddy feature and jailbreak block has not been released on iTunes. The Japanese Pokemon Go account tweeted today that the rollout is underway, but it will take time. We expect that the iOS Pokemon Go app will arrive today at some time. Get ready to walk 10km. An awesome Easter Egg has been discovered in the new Buddy feature.
On Tuesday, September 13, the iOS 10 will be released. One reason for the delay might be the release of iOS 10. It is possible that the new Pokemon Go app works only on iOS 10. If that is the case, Niantic announced the release of the new updates way to early. Update: Confirmed. iOS 10 Release Cause for Pokemon Go 1.7.0 Release delay.
The delay has nothing to do with the relationship between Apple and Niantic. Both companies are actually very close. Niantic CEO John Hanke presented the Pokemon Go Apple Watch App a the iPhone 7 event last week. The iTunes process of getting an update released just appear to be slower than Google's.
The Pokemon Go 1.5.0 update in August was available one day after the Android release. There is hope that the iOS version will be released today. It is Sunday though. This could cause another day delay and we look at a Monday release for Pokemon Go 1.7.0.
Some Pokemon players might actually be not that excited about the new update. While the Pokemon Buddy feature and support for Pokemon Go Plus are great, the update does not run on jailbroken iOS devices. Users of rooted Android devices already have experienced this first hand.
It remains to be seen how sophisticated the jailbreak detection is in the Pokemon Go app 1.7.0. On Android there is already a work around. Many Pokemon Go players use the Poke Go++ enhancement. This "power user Pokemon Go app" can be side-loaded onto an iPhone, circumventing iTunes. If the Poke Go++ will work with the new 1.7.0 version cannot be determined yet.
Not only did Niantic change how the Pokemon Go app works on jailbroken phones, but also the server communication changed dramatically. This will once again kill all bots and Pokemon trackers. As soon as the updates rolled out, Niantic will change to the new more secure communication, making these Pokemon Go trackers unusable until developers find a work around.