Samsung had already confirmed plans in January that its Gear S2 smartwatch will support the iPhone, but never provided a timeline for its release. On Tuesday, a new posting on the XDA Developers forum shows support may be released soon.
A leaked version of the Gear Manager app for iOS that will bring Gear S2 support to the platform appeared, and some crafty developers were able to load the testing app through a jailbroken iPhone.
Early users report the app allows you to manage notifications and install and manage apps on the Gear S2. The app is said to be a little wonky, but this may be because of its side loaded, beta nature and that it may still be in development.
It’s not clear if Samsung has submitted the Gear app for Apple’s approval App Store process or if it’s still adding features. We have reached out to Samsung in hopes of learning more.
As we covered in its review of the Gear S2, not having support for iPhone is troublesome and prohibits iPhone users from taking full advantage of the Gear S2. It’s the same issue Android Wear, Google’s smartwatch platform, faced until it began supporting the iPhone in mid-2015.