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Rumor: Samsung Gear S2 About To Gain iPhone Support

November 12, 2015 - Written By David Steele

The Samsung Gear S2 is Samsung’s latest device in the wearable device market. The Gear S2 is not an Android Wear-based device but is instead based around Samsung’s proprietary operating system, Tizen, which is the platform Samsung are using for their approach into the Internet of Things. The watch matches a 1.2-inch, Samsung Super AMOLED (described in Samsung’s literature as sAMOLED) round display of 360 by 360 pixel resolution and surrounded by a rotating bezel, which is used to control the device. When released, the Gear S2 requires an Android device to work, and if customers want to use Samsung Pay, they need to be using a relatively modern Samsung Galaxy Android-based flagship device. The Gear S2 has a 250 mAh internal rechargeable battery but thanks to Tizen being a lightweight operating system and the AMOLED screen only illuminating the pixels it needs to, this is good for three days of battery life, or down to one and a half with the screen always showing the time.

Today’s story surrounds a new and unofficial report released that explains how the Gear S2 is set to gain support for the iPhone. This is a feature that Samsung has referenced to in passing over the last few weeks, but it appears that we are a stage closer with today’s report. The story claims that the S2 will gain iOS support via an application, released into the Apple Store, that allows customers to set up, synchronize and customize the smartwatch from their iPhone. The report claims that all features currently available to Android smartphone customers will be available on the iPhone, apart from the use of Samsung Pay; this will still require a modern Samsung Android smartphone. It must be reiterated that this is a rumor and Samsung have neither confirmed nor denied the story at the time of publishing.

Now that the market is slowly becoming used to smartwatches, we are seeing more and more manufacturers where the device(s) in question only supported Android, adding support for Apple iOS. The Android Wear platform gained iPhone support a few months back. There is no sign of Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10 being added to most modern wearable devices or for that matter, of Apple allowing Android smartphone customers the option to pair up an Apple Watch with their device.