Samsung extends iOS compatibility to the latest Gear devices
Yesterday, Samsung finally made things right for iPhone users who somehow ended up in possession of a Gear device and wanted to take full advantage of its capabilities without having to buy a Samsung smartphone.
Samsung Gear S and Samsung Gear Fit are both available for download from the Apple App Store. The first one is required for Gear S2 and Gear S3 smartwatches, while the other is needed to pair the Gear Fit 2 with a compatible iOS-driven handset. According to the official press release, the features, and functions available vary by device, but "iOS users will be able to enjoy the Samsung Gear S3’s timeless and stylish design, IP68 water and dust resistance, as well as the built-in GPS, Alti/barometer and Speedometer apps." Heart rate monitoring and other fitness tracking capabilities are also fully functional.
The list of iPhone handsets supported includes iPhone 5 smartphones or later, as long as they run at least iOS 9. Once the app is download and installed, the user is guided through the steps needed to properly pair the Samsung wearable with the Apple handset.