Samsung Gear S2 support for iPhone right around the corner: Gear Manager app for iOS leaked

It was at the start of 2016 that Samsung promised that its Gear S2 flagship smartwatch will be able to pair up with iPhones “later this year”. Since then, we were once teased by Verizon that the needed update had been launched, but that was just an error in a changelog posted by the company.

Well, it seems that Gear S2 support for iPhone is nearing its launch stage, as an alleged Gear Manager app for iOS has been lieaked in a forum post on Vietnamese website Tinhte. Of course, sideloading an app to an iPhone is not as an easy task as it is on Android, and we really wouldn't recommend installing software from unauthorised sources. In any case, the forum thread does contain a couple of photos, which supposedly show a Gear S2 linked to an iPhone 5s or iPhone SE.

Samsung's Gear S2 is certainly among the best smartwatches you can get right now. It has the shiny variants to prove it, too – all we had last year was the sporty Gear S2 and the traditional-looking Gear S2 Classic, but this year, Sammy introduced shiny Platinum and Rose Gold finishes, and a premium (read: expensive), limited edition Gear S2 by de GRISOGONO.

The smartwatch doesn't run on the more commonly seen Android Wear operating system, but on Samsung's own Tizen. That's why, to sync to the Gear S2, you need Samsung's Gear manager app. So, seeing it leaked for iOS means that it's at least in a testing-ready stage, which means that iPhone owners should soon have the chance to don a Sammy wearable on their wrists.

source: Tinhte (translate) via SamMobile



2. RichardYarell

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

No question after owning the gear s2 by far the best smartwatch, iWatch is a joke anythings claim to be innovation by apple is a sad EXCUSES PERIOD!

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

What do you use it for other then notifications? I never really grasped the whole smart watch thing when I can do everything it can on my phone, only thing that it might be nice for is notifications, but even that seems like a minor thing.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There are also the health uses. In general, I'm not sold on the whole smartwatch thing, but I think one day they'll be very useful.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Agreed. They are all gimmicky accessories to your phone and offer no benefit if you have a phone already. The only benefit to the Gear S and S2 is they are 3G/4G and when you don't want to take your phone you won't miss a call. But Verizon's version is better because when you forward your calls, your phones dials the call forwarding code so that yoru phone calls actually get forwarded to your GearS. But the T-mobile version I have, will only forward calls as long as the phone is connected to the S2 either over T-Mobiles network or WiFi and thats just dumb. So I added a contact for my Gear S2 so that I can directly forward my calls to the device. ATT did one better having both the gear and phone use the same phone number when not connected together. All carriers in the USA who have the GS2 should go this route. But they are honestly expensive gimmicky toys. But I did buy it and I have no regrets. Comes in handy when I bike ride and I dont want to take my phone and yet still have my tunes for wireless listening.

13. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Notifications, meetings, alarms, weather, news are all aspects of the Gear S2 that I use in day-to-day. I haven't used GPS on it yet but this could come in handy. I don't do steps or fitness tracking of any kind, but that is also helpful to a lot of people interested in fitness bands. Quickly replying to texts, as well as being able to ignore calls directly from the watch without having to pull out your phone is actually a huge benefit.

14. lcpljones

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

I am not sure about everyone else, but outside of the notifications, the fitness manager is pretty good. My wife and I are training for a few different races, and the GPS provides us with current pace, distance, and heart rate. Essentially it stops me from having to switch over to our Garmin or Nike when we are ready to run. The downside is the S-Health app does not export runs to other services like Strava and the Nike app for the S2 needs to be tether to your phone for GPS instead of using the watch's. It a great watch, but it still has some growth potential. Improved S-Health capabilities, Samsung pay, and kevo are all things that were promised, but have not been delivered yet.

18. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Samsung Pay would be pretty good (even if it's just tap-to-pay and not the LoopPay which the watch obviously will never be able to do since it does not have the tech built in).

7. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Not even Samsung fans want the Gear S2, the cute rotating bezel notwithstanding. That is why Samsung won't release S2 sales figures.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I guess that's also why Apple won't release their watch sales.

8. eyedoc81

Posts: 56; Member since: May 20, 2011

My Gear S2 holds up to 4gb of music, which can bluetooth to my headphones without my phone in my pocket and no cords when I work out. This alone is my favorite reason to own a Gear S2.

12. aipom

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

I want this for windows phone

15. pastorarnold

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 14, 2016

Will my Gear S work on the iPhone when apple get the Gear Manager app?

16. pastorarnold

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 14, 2016

Are will I have to buy the gear s2?

17. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Apple will immediately block Samsung apps on App Store.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

See those Gear S2's with the diamonds? Those are probably worth $10,000 see how they look compared to the Apple Watch that costs $10,000? Those Gears look much closer to a Rolex, then the Apple watch does, and I woudlnt even pay $10,000 for a watch no matter who makes it. But the comparison is, who actually gives you true values vs the ones who don't. Anyone who bought the Appel Watch Edition for anything more than $299, is stupid. I don't care if they are rich.

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