The new Pokemon Go app 1.7.0 features the highly anticipated Buddy Pokemon feature, but also new measures to prevent running the app on jailbroken iOS devices.
Niantic has finally released the new Pokemon Go app 1.7.0 with the Pokemon Buddy feature on Tuesday, September 13. The company announced the update three days earlier, raising false expectations when the app would be released. It turned out that iOS 10 had to be out first. Pokemon Go app 1.7.0 is not only bringing the Buddy feature and the Pokemon Go Plus support, but also code to prevent the app to run on jailbroken iPhones. The rooted Android community already found ways to continue running the new Pokemon Go 0.37.0 on rooted devices. It is still early for the iOS jailbreak community, but there is already a solution that appears to work to run the Pokemon Go 1.7.0 app on jailbroken iOS devices.
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Jailbreakers report that using Xcon makes Pokemon Go run on their hacked iOS devices. It is important to reboot after the installation of Xcon. If it does not work you have to check if you run other tweaks that bypass the jailbreak. So far jailbreakers can only make it work with only Xcon running.
Pokemon trainers using jailbroken iPhones have used hacks already before to prevent the app to log that it runs on a jailbroken iPhone.
The MasterBall hack from developer CokePokes is not working with the new Pokemon Go 1.7.0 yet. The developer said a short while ago on Twitter: "I'll take a quick look into fixing MasterBall, no guarantees. (Could require a lot of work)."
Another popular Pokemon Go hack is Poke++. The developer of Poke++ also just acknowledged that his "Pokemon Go app on steroids" is not working with 1.7.0. He said on reddit: "As expected, this update crashes when opening on jailbroken devices. Please wait for an update coming out later today that will fix this." Sideloading of Poke++ with Cydia Impactor on standard iPhones is still likely to work. As of now there is no new enhanced IPA file based on Pokemon Go 1.7.0.
Update: Will Cobb has uploaded the Poke++ 1.7 IPA to the interwebs that works on jailbreak iOS and side-loading with Cydia Impactor works as well. Poke++ users can now use Buddy Pokemon and the Pokemon Go Plus when it comes out. Poke++ remains the Pokemon Go app on steroids.
Niantic said in the release notes for Pokemon Go 1.7.0 that the app is not supporting rooted and jailbroken devices. Using the apps on such devices is against the ToS of Pokemon Go and can get your account banned.
If Niantic is further trying to make it harder to run Pokemon Go on jailbroken devices remains to be seen. It looks like they just wanted to make it clear that it is violating the terms of Pokemon Go if you do.
The Pokemon Go app has been downloaded over 500 million times. Niantic CEO John Hanke said yesterday at Disrupt SF that he sees the game be around for years. The company will bring the social real life events from Ingress to Pokemon Go to solidify and strengthen the trainer community. New generations of Pokemon will be released in conjunction with such events.
The "socializing" of Pokemon Go is probably the most effective weapon against Pokemon Go cheats including bots and GPS spoofing. The new app updates also brings a technology change in the app to server communication. Once switched on, 3rd party software will stop working, unless developers crack the encryption once again. More Pokemon Go News.