Samsung Says The Gear S2 Will Support iOS Later This Year

January 5, 2016 - Written By Jamil Bryant

Okay so we have seen and heard a about a lot of new amazing stuff at CES so far. We got to see a handful of new technology ranging from the gold Nexus 6P to the new Huawei Elegant and Jewel smartwatches. Well we got more news from you and it’s from Apple’s rival, Samsung. During their CES press conference, the electronics giant announced that their The Gear S2 will have compatibility with iOS. This is a rather bold statement from the company who has been competing with Apple for years now. As we already know, Apple has their own smartwatch which is only compatible with an iPhone. Samsung didn’t provide much detail on their move to getting their smartwatches in front of Apple users. It seems though that this may be a tricky challenge since these are rival companies. None the less, it shouldn’t be a big deal.

Samsung’s Gear S2 watch is special in its own way. The Gear S2 doesn’t run on the open sourced Android Wear. Instead Samsung has chosen to use their own home grown operating system called Tizen. The watch features a 1.2 inch circular display that consist of a screen resolution of 360×360. There is also a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 300mAH battery. According to Samsung, you can get 2 to 3 days of life out of the battery so we’ll see what Apple Watch users think of this. Of course NFC comes equipped with this time piece so mobile payments can be made. Since Apple has their own payment system, it will be interesting to see how this turns out. Also, the Gear S2 can be used with any Android device with Kit-Kat 4.4 or higher and 1.5 gigabytes of RAM. So branching out to the iPhone with an entirely different ecosystem probably won’t be too much of a problem.

There is bound to be quite a bit of time before more than a few iPhone users are choosing the Gear S2 over the Apple Watch. The main question is, will iPhone users go out and buy a Samsung smartwatch? There is of course no way to know for sure, but Samsung’s Gear S2 is sure to entice even just a few Apple users. Hearing this news is surprising and probably raises a few eyebrows but in an overall view, this is business.