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The launch of Samsung Gear S2's iOS compatibility allegedly revealed

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The launch of Samsung Gear S2's iOS compatibility allegedly revealed
Just two days ago at its CES 2016 presser, Samsung announced that its Gear S2 smartwatch will be scoring iOS compatibility sometime in 2016. Well, "sometime in 2016" is a pretty extensive term and doesn't shine enough light on the compatibility launch. 

Luckily, the head of Samsung UK's Product Launch Programmes—Kyle Brown—might have just revealed that Gear S2's iOS compatibility might roll out as soon as mid-January. That's undoubtedly good news for those agog to score it, as January will be literally halved in a week's time.

Unfortunately, we have some very good reasons to believe that iOS users won't be able to benefit from all the features the Gear S2 is supporting or will support in the near future. As the wearable is about to score Samsung Pay later this year, too, and Samsung Pay only works with Samsung phones at the moment, we will speculate that iOS users won't be able to use Samsung's payment service anytime soon. Good thing they have an alternative option - Apple Pay.

All in all, Gear S2's soon-to-be iOS compatibility will bring a breath of fresh air to the list of wearables that Apple's ecosystem supports. Additionally, the Apple Watch is about to face some able-bodied competition! 

Make sure to check out our reviews of the two gadgets:



source: Pocket-lint

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posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:17

1. GreenMan (limited) (Posts: 1016; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


I wonder what would be the reaction of Sammy Fanboys? And also iPhans...

Popcorn time, anyone?

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 09:59 2

6. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8899; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Samsung fans do care because we believe in having choices, we believe in having freedom of choice and we believe in availability to everyone on as equal of a level as possible.

Something iFans don't believe.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 10:40 1

8. tedkord (Posts: 10645; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I thinks it's fantastic that iPhone users will now have a stylish watch option that was named best smartwatch of the year.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 16:16

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 20045; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'd love to see the Gear S get that compatibility also.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 20:39

14. tedkord (Posts: 10645; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Just be glad you don't have the Verizon version. Verizon is starting to really piss me off.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 12:42

11. azimesmail (Posts: 131; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


I think it's great, but in the end useless. Just like Android Wear on iOS. No native app notifications, like Phone or Messages. If it's anything like that, which I think it will be, it'll be useless for an iPhone user.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:44 3

2. sissy246 (Posts: 696; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


I am sure they won't get to use some of the features, like Samsung pay.
But on the bright side at least Samsung will let iOS users use it, they get a way nicer watch that the rose gold is really rose gold not pink.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:45 1

3. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


And is also hopefully not $10,000.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 10:00

7. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8899; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Nope it won't be. The price I would guess is probably $50-100 more than the present Classic.

But Samsung would do well to price them the same since its only plating and plating isn't expensive.

But as long as it less than $500, I'm buying one to go tandem with my sport model. Maybe sometimes I will wear them on both arms.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 09:20

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1046; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


looks like iphone enjoy most of the variety choice when it comes to smartwatch, from fitbit to garmin, and to tizen watch.

so much choice and freedom compare to android

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 10:42 1

9. tedkord (Posts: 10645; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I see your screen name, and know not to expect anything intelligent from you.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 09:57 1

5. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8899; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


After the recent update to the gear S2, to deal with whatever was bleeding my battery dry. It is now awesome.

From plulling of the charger yesterday at 745AM and arriving home at roughly 615PM, the device still has 74% of its charge left. Based on that assuming I would lose 25% of charge in a work day, that is easily 3 work days of usage.

To think it has a larger display, 3G, UV, heart rate, BT, GPS and more vs the Apple Watch; Samsung has made the Apple Watch look even more like an expensive overpriced useless piece of crap that it is.

Once it supports iOS, the Apple Watch coming will likely be DOA. You'd have to be a fool to buy the present Apple Watch at all even if you have an iPhone or not and be even more stupid if you bought the first one and you buy the second one too.

I can't wait to pick up one of the latest Classic models so I can switch back and forth. Hopefully they have one that doesn't have 3G.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 11:37

10. jeroome86 (Posts: 892; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Lot of good watches coming from actual watch companies. Might get one later this year. Right now Apple Watch has the most install base. Wonder how long they will remain on top?

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 16:24

13. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Makes no sense why they support Iphones but not other android phones.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 20:40

15. tedkord (Posts: 10645; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They do support other Android phones.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 21:37

16. Supersonic (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 May 2015)


At least now Iphone babies will know what the crap(iwatch) they had been using till now.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 12:14

17. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Wonder for how long can this watch survive without juice?

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