The new Pokemon Go 1.7.0 version with the Buddy feature has finally arrived for iOS.
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. The iOS app was not available until now. We just spotted the Pokemon Go 1.7.0 version at around noon Pacific. This is two hours after the iOS 10 release. It is obvious that the iOS 10 release caused the delay.
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The Pokemon Go app 0.37.0 listing on Google Play has also been updated today.
You do not need to install iOS 10 to run Pokemon Go 1.7.0. I have downloaded the update and run it on iOS 9.3.5. See screenshots of the Buddy Pokemon Go in the gallery below. I am not a trainer, I just play a bit to understand what is going on.
The timing is great as Niantic CEO John Hanke will take the stage at the Disrupt SF 2016 in about two hours. It will be definitely a warmer welcome with the Buddy Pokemon feature 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.