The news was announced during Samsung’s CES 2016 press conference, and the company didn’t spend a lot of time on the subject, as that’s all the information that was provided. Unfortunately, we’re not sure yet how functional the circular smartwatch will be with the iPhone.
The Samsung Gear S2 runs Tizen, which is a unique smartwatch operating system different from Android Wear. As you likely already know, Android Wear is officially compatible with the iPhone, although capabilities are rather limited to receiving notifications, and that’s about it as far as phone/watch communication.
The rumor that we heard last year suggested that Samsung had plans to release an iOS app called Gear Manager that would allow the Tizen-run Gear S2 to pair with the iPhone.
The Gear S2 is Samsung’s first circular smartwatch, which makes it look like a traditional timepiece rather than a small computer strapped to your wrist.
The bezel can also rotate, acting as a navigation control and a selector of sorts.
It’ll be interesting to see how well Tizen and iPhone get along and whether or not it will offer more features than Android Wear on iPhone. For the time being, though, we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung decides to do and when exactly they launch support for the iPhone.