Finally! Samsung Gear S2 now works with iPhones (update: not just yet)

Update: Verizon Wireless has reached out to say that it has mistakenly pointed out support for iPhones with the Gear S2 in the change log for this latest update. So, no, the Gear S2 will not yet pair with iOS, but future compatibility between iPhones and Samsung's smartwatches is still in the plans, according to earlier reports.

The Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch - one of the best smartwatches that you can buy - now works with iPhones. Well, at least on Verizon Wireless.

One of the nation's slowest carriers when it comes to pushing device updates is surprisingly the first one to push the update to the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic starting today, March 24th. It will bump up the smartwatches to software version R730VVRU1BPC1, and this particular versions adds support for pairing the timepiece to iPhone running iOS 8.4 or later.

The logical question to ask is: why would Apple users prefer the Gear S2 over the Apple Watch? Well, it's a matter of personal preference, but there is quite a few objective advantages of Samsung's watch: it has a round display, it features better battery life and has an extremely convenient and nowhere-to-be-found-on-Apple-Watch rotatable bezel that is used for navigation, and most importantly it's much cheaper!

There are two versions of the Gear S2 for you to consider: the sports one and the Gear S2 classic that has a more elegant look that will go much better as a stylish accessory to your office wardrobe. The Gear S2 classic also supports easily interchangeable bands that don't cost a fortune (cough, Apple).

Convinced already? If you feel like you need to take a look a better look at the Gear S2 offers, feel free to see our detailed review. And if you still haven't received the update to your existing Gear S2, keep in mind that it might be a few days until it arrives (updates are usually pushed out in batches).



1. adi9764

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

That is kinda weird though

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why? There are watches that run Android that work with iOS, why should this be an exception or will. Cross-platform compatibility is an advantage Windows has had for years. Which is why it is exactly where it is and the same for Android. The millions of Apple Watches on the shelves now are about to die a horrible death. Hopefully all the carriers when they push this update or even Samsung will make an ad showing the S2 working with the iPhone.

4. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

"The millions of Apple Watches on the shelves now are about to die a horrible death." Child, think before you post-the Apple Watch has, according to those that track these sort of things, been the best selling smart wearable, second only to the FitBit. Sooooo, that means it's selling better than the Gear S2. Soooo, it also means a number of iPhone users actually like the Apple Watch, whereas Samsung users ain't too keen on that nifty Gear S2 and it's amazing rotating bezel.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Selling to whom? Be specific. As I have stated so many times. For a full year I never saw a single person wearing an Apple Watch. It was until last Christmas when 2 employee, one of which won an Apple Watch in a game at our Xmas party that I saw someone even own one. One of my partners also owns one. Yet on the street, as many stores as I frequent, while on vacation at 5 Disney Park last Summer, where I honestly would have expected to see people wearing them, I saw none. Here is how I feel about your claim. I am sure Apple has sold more watches than most OEM compared to liek Samsung. Even FitBit reported the Apple Watch had no bearing on its sales because the FitBit is specific for people in a certain category. I've seen the Gear S, the Gear Neo, Gear Fit, Fitbit, Microsoft Band, Moto 360, and a bunch of low quality cheap knockoffs; but other than he 2 people I work with I've seen no one wearing them. I dont care about any company that claims they track sales of something. I go by when the product was released and how quickly I see people using them. Example, when Apple launched the iPhone 5C, I to this day have only seen 2 people with one. The very first one I saw, I was at my local VZW store and a woman purchased one, only because she wanted a iPhone right then and they didn't have the 5/5S in stock; so she simply bought this ugly loud pink 5C. Which her facial expression she wasnt happy with it. I appeared the phone she had which was a 4/4S had stopped working. The second one I saw was being used by a kid. Yet when Apple released the first iPhone 6 Plus, In roughly 2 weeks after it was available to buy on pre-order, I started seeing them like crazy. Which I can say was almost equally the same for every iPhone. So you are taking someone else's claim; tell me; how many have you seen in the wild. For me, most people still don't wear a watch, so when standing in a line where people are hold on to poles or line queue ropes, a watch of ANY KIND will stand out; especially ones with loud color bands. Apple SHIPPED 8M of them. The world is a big place dude. There are 7Billion people here. DO THE MATH, that's i in 875 people. Those odds would say I should have seen lots of them, yet I spent 2 weeks on vacation in Florida, at beaches, restaurants, bars, Disney and more and I didn't see a single one. Was I looking? No. But as I said, standing in line waiting I passed easily more than 200 people in line queues where many people were fanning themselves, holding on to poles and ropes and more and I saw not one single Apple Watch. The people we know who did buy them were all Entertainers. How many of them are wearing them now? All I know for a fact is, Beyonce who is quite active in the public eye, stop wearing here just a few weeks after she was seen wearing the one that costs $10,000

7. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

take with a grain of salt. its techie. samsung unpaid spokesman of the decade!

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I mentioned several products, not just Samsung. The one I mentioned, I like all of them. I almost bought the Moto 360 when Costco drop the price to $150. I only didnt because Android Wear at the time seem boring and because I cant answer calls from my phone with it.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Post of the day! Why do people get all bent outta shape at his posts. TechieXP is a whiner with a massive hard on for Apple. He simply wants attention.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Attention from who? You really shouldn't talk about yourself. You spend you whole day thumbing up peoples post and kissing their @$$ like they said something awesome. Funny how I dont see anyone whining except you. YOUR CLAIM? I have an hard-on for Apple, and you've got a hard-on for me you homo-SAP-ien. Emphasis on SAP. See what I did there?!

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Just to be very clear, I work right across from a Target store which I frequent to buy supplies for the office, roughly every week. Target sells the Apple Watch the sport oen with the color bands. Even after dropping the price during the holidays, when I went to buy gifts and even now at $100 off, I have never seen anyone buy one. In fact, you don't even see anyone looking at them, because the stuff I buy I walk past the electronics section where the iPhone and Apple Watches are. I've played with the thing so many times. I like the watch mostly for how it looks, because it doesn't offer much else. Plus I don't have any friends or family who own one, so what feature would I use. Also the iPhone I own doesn't even work with it, so I can't even set it up even if I bought one. Because I'm sure as hell am not goign to buy an iPhone to set it up. But the main reason I didn't buy it, is because it simply isn't worth $350. Now to be fair, the WiFi-only version of the S2 which is cheaper is far more useful. I learned a terrible lesson about jumping on tech just because it exists. I bought the original Samsung Gear with my purchase of the Note 3. That day along I spend almost $1000 to buy both items cash. Even with the phone the gear was a complete waste of money. In fact I sold it on eBay a week later for $25 less than I paid for it at 299. It has terrible battery-life, the camera was cool but useless, but at least it had a speaker so when my phone rang I could answer it with my Gear. You cant even answer a call with the Apple Watch period. Both the original Gear and the Apple Watch are useless phone accessories. I vowed to never buy such a device no matter who makes it. Even though I like the Moto 360, the MS Band as well; it si not worth the cost. If the Apple Watch was $125 or less, I'd buy it and have it for when I go dining and I want to look more professional vs sporty when I wear my S2. But I have extra bands for my S2 and when I go out it looks very classy because I always make sure I pick a watch face that fits with my decor. I love the fact when I go out I can leave my phone, and never miss a text or call. Can the Apple Watch do this? NO!

16. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

"You cant even answer a call with the Apple Watch period." Umm, yes, you can answer a call on the Apple Watch.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I can almost guarantee that out of the 8M Apple Watches Apple did ship, over 1M of them will be returned when the new model comes out for none sales. And if Apple doesn't really change the next model, they will take the ones that didnt sell and shove newer hardware into it ,just like they did with the iPhone Se and resell it. Either that or those options will remain on the shelf, until the 3rd one comes out and forces the first to drop below $100, then they might sale.

6. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

techie your post are so pro Samsung that noone even reads your long feeds anymore. apple watches are about to die a horrible death--- just because they are now iOS compatible. lol. in your dreams and Samsungs dreams. your logic is vice versa. the Gear is about to RIP alongside the already washed up Galaxy line up. people who have the apple watch are obsessed with the iOS platform and use the watch as an accessory so for your biased post to even think an ios person would cross pollinate platforms with a gear watch is ludicrous but not imaginable considering its coming from you!

8. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

You sound bitter.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it isn't. It just reflects which one is actually worth the money.

17. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

TBH, I don't think smartwatches are even actually worth the money.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Completely and 100% agree. But many are closer to being worth some money. The Apple Watch isnt even worth a single frikkin dime.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

8M shipped and most of them are stuck on shelves at retailers and other sellers shelves. ll of them are dropping prices to encourage sales and yet the sales havent increased much. Sure the Apple Watch has likely outsold may such devices. But sales numbers arent that important to me. I am looking at which item is actually worth its price based on who the device was designed for. I like/want the Apple Watch which I have stated, but not for its asking price. Just because I can afford to buy, doesn't mean I should. I made that mistake which I admitted with the original Samsung Gear. It was a $300 piece of sh!t that I sold a week later for $25 less than I paid. Actually more when you consider tax. I didn't buy any other Gear model until the S came and I also have the Gear S2. Other reasons I haven't bought the watch other than cost is, I don't own an Apple device recent about other than a Mini that can even sync the device. Again this is a thing Samsung was blasted for by all you guys on the original Gear about it not being standalone and requires a phone to even set it up, which it actually didnt. Yet the Apple watch requires an iPhone running at least iOS 8 which means in real life brush, since Apple announced that 50% of its based still were using smaller iPhone, potentially all those people have an iPhone 4 liek me who cant upgrade to iOS8/9 to even use the Apple Watch.

22. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Newsflash... Apple stuff sells. Questioning that statement is just plain stupid.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Apple Watch is a very nice piece of jewlry. It sucks as a smartwatch though because more than 50% of ist feature rely on the phone. Thus its just an accessory. The Gear S/S2 both can be setup and have functions that will work without ever using a Galaxy device. Which means especially for the gear S2, I can walk into any store, not have to buy any Galaxy phone, pull the S2 out the package and set it up and use it. Both the 3G and WiFi model. The only thing you still need a phone for is putting media and apps. This also need to change.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's also 3G which means it is standalone vs the Apple Watch. If Samsung is including the phone forwarding feature to the Gear as well, this will be a huge plus.

23. IcemanKimi

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

PA, please ban this TechieXP dude. His posts are so long. It's a pain in the a**e to read them. He should go out and write some books, if he is talented, rather than to write senseless long posts.

24. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

'Finally'?? Why not iPhones with Android? Why Multi Window FINALLY on SOME Apple products? etc. Bias against Samsung is huge in PhoneArena :/

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