Nintendo recently announced that the Switch Online application will no longer support the old system version of the iPhone and iPad. The Nintendo Japan account shared a tweet confirming that the Switch Online app will be updated in the coming months, with new device requirements. Switch Online’s current app is available for iOS 12 and later, but the new app version will require iOS 14 and later.
Less than 4% of iPhones and iPads are still running older versions prior to iOS 14. This makes it easier for developers to drop support for these older versions of iOS.
Devices such as the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, first-generation iPad Air, and iPad mini 3 can only be upgraded to iOS 12. This means that users who still rely on these devices to use the Switch Online app will no longer be supported to use Switch Online after the next update. Nintendo says the change will come “in the summer of 2022.”
Users of newer iPhone and iPad devices still using iOS 12 can choose to upgrade to the latest iOS version in order to continue using the Nintendo Switch Online app. Users can check the latest iOS version for iPhone and iPad by going to Settings > General > About.
Nintendo Switch Online is an application that makes an online play on Nintendo Switch more fun. You can use game-linked services, confirm online friends, and game-linked voice chat services to make online play more fun. The corresponding software for the game linkage service is “Collection! Animal Crossing, Smash Bros. Special, and Splatoon 2.