The new Pokemon Go 1.7.0 version with the Buddy feature is announced but not released like on Android.
Niantic has announced the new Pokemon Go updates 0.37.0 for Android and 1.7.0 for iOS on Saturday, September 10. The rollout of the new Pokemon Go App update with the Buddy Pokemon feature has started on Android on Saturday, but the rollout turns out to be very slow.
Update noon PDT, 9/13: The Pokemon Go 1.7.0 is released on iTunes! Get it now on your iPhone.
Today, Tuesday, September 13, Apple will release iOS 10.0.1. This is likely the reason for the delay. It is possible that the new Pokemon Go app works only on iOS 10. Another explanation for the delay is the probably very long queue of submitted app updates in the app store. Developers are want to get their iOS 10 compliant releases out in time. Pokemon Go 1.7.0 could be just stuck in the queue.
The iOS 10 release is likely beginning at 10am PDT. Participants in the public beta of iOS 10 have already received the iOS 10.0.1 version. If the Pokemon Go app 1.7.0 will be available at 10am PDT remains to be seen. The wait continues for the Pokemon Go Buddy feature on iOS.
Update 11:30am PDT: iOS 10.0.1 has been released at shortly after 10am PDT. The Pokemon Go app has not yet been updated. On the Google Play store is movement. We just spotted that the Pokemon Go app listing has been updated today, September 13. It appears that the rollout of the Android version of the Pokemon Go app is accelerating now that iOS 10 is out.
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Niantic in good old fashion has not updated the trainer community on what is going on with the release of the new update that brings the Buddy Pokemon feature. The trainers who have got lucky to download the Pokemon Go 0.37.0 update from Google Play or chose to install the APK file directly already discovered an awesome Easter Egg has been discovered in the new Buddy feature.
The Pokemon Go 1.5.0 for iOS update in August was available one day after the Android release. What looks like is happening is that Niantic has throttled the roll out on Google Play because of the delay of the iOS release. The company tries to keep the release on Android and iOS close together as possible.
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. There are now rather easy ways to run Pokemon Go on rooted Android. Here is a method involving Xposed and the CloakRoot module. Why Niantic has bothered with blocking the app on rooted is unclear.
It remains to be seen how sophisticated the jailbreak detection is in the Pokemon Go app 1.7.0. Many Pokemon Go players use the Poke Go++ enhancement on the iPhone. 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.