Samsung has released the long-waited iOS apps for its Gear wearable accessories, including the Gear S2 and S3 smartwatches and the Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker official apps are now live. Samsung revealed that it was bringing iOS compatibility to the Gear S2 when it launched the Tizen-running smartwatch back in 2015. Since then, Samsung had promised to add support and it was tipped to land in early 2016. It took a little while longer to get things up and running but it looks as if we’re finally there.The two new apps let you set up and pair the devices with an iPhone. Prior to this, the Gear devices were only compatible with Android devices.
Samsung says that the Gear S app will let you download and install apps on the smartwatches, push notifications from the phone to the watch, as well as sync health and fitness data with S Health. The Gear Fit app supports notifications from the iPhone to the device and syncing of health data to S Health.
Though the new apps bring full iOS compatibility to Samsung’s wearable devices for the first time, they still don’t support the company’s full range, such as the IconX wireless earbuds. You’ll need at least an iPhone 5 running iOS 9.0 or later and it’s a similar story to Android Wear on iOS where some of the features best optimised for Samsung’s own phones and Android phones.