We said back in April that Samsung would bring iOS integration to the Gear S2, though we only had screenshots at the time and not a peep from Samsung. Well, it took a while, but Samsung today declared the Gear S2 For IOS Program for iPhone users who are interested in dipping their toes into life on the dark side. Since the message itself is translated in Korean, we've provided the English translation below for those who can't seem to access the site or are having trouble with Google Translate.
Now, it must be said that the program is in beta mode, meaning that it's not quite yet ready for a mass, final release, and the Gear S2 For IOS Program will be in session through September 19th. Samsung seems to give this only a few weeks so as to prepare its rollout by the end of September (a perfect release time for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus arrival month). The Gear S2 For IOS Program supports both Bluetooth-only and 3G/4G-connected Gear S2 models, and mandates that iPhone users have at least iOS 8.4 or higher. The Gear S2 For IOS Beta Program is available for iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6s, and iPhone SE owners, starting today.
Eligible iPhone owners will need to visit a sign-up page to register for their participation in the Beta Program. The company expects participants to provide feedback on the service, which Samsung will then use to improve the service before the mass rollout by the middle of next month.
The Gear S2 For IOS Beta Program is now open. For those who are interested, hit up the links within the article to find your way to the necessary places. Then, come back here and let us know that you've signed up, what phone you have, and whether or not Samsung's new announcement has motivated you to 1) get the Gear S2 or 2) has you thinking about leaving the iPhone entirely.