Niantic has released a new software update for Pokémon GO on iOS devices, their background tinkering bringing the augmented reality app to version 1.7.0.
This introduces Buddy Pokémon, a new feature that lets you earn Candy for a chosen Pokémon by walking a certain distance. It also adds support for Pokémon GO Plus which sees release next week, as well as addressing bugs.
Niantic is also continuing their efforts to eliminate bots and scrapers, and reiterate that rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported.
Changes Made In Pokémon GO Update Version 1.7.0
Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance
Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen
Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation
Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating
Pokémon GO Plus support
Minor text fixes