Samsung confirms iPhone support for the new Gear S3 smartwatches

By , Aug 31, 2016

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Samsung recently opened up a beta program to test its upcoming Gear Manager for iOS, and we know from before that the Gear S2 will work with the iPhone—but what about the just-announced Gear S3 Classic and Frontier? Will these new devices support Apple’s smartphone, too? In a word, yes. SamMobile was able to confirm with a Samsung representative at today’s press event that its latest and greatest smartwatches will also work with the iPhone.

“A Samsung executive confirmed the Gear S3 iPhone support at the event today,” reads the article, but no timeframe has been provided as of yet by Samsung.

The new S3 watches have built-in GPS, bigger batteries, refined industrial design and mostly the same hardware, with the exception of the Frontier which offers optional LTE cellular connectivity.

“With the Gear S3, we sought to integrate tradition and technology, bringing to the forefront an immensely intelligent smartwatch. The large watch face was inspired by styles emerging from the world’s most premium watch brands,” as per Yvan Arpa, Swiss luxury watch designer who was involved in the Gear S3 design process.

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The Gear S3 Classic and Frontier will start shipping later this year.

Source: SamMobile

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  • smtp25

    Hmm that doesn’t look to bad, might have to look into these more, especially if they aren’t the same price as Apple watch?

    edit: looking at the release video, I think Apple really screwed the pooch by using the crown over the bezel

    • makedonii

      maby Samsung got the patent before apple, i really want to know if thats true. Just amagine apple doing 2nd gen with the crown over the bazel 0_o oh the lawsuits!

      • Wilber Alexander Flores

        I think they’d pay the lawsuit just cuz they can.

      • 5723alex .

        A bazel on a rectangle Smartwatch ? Round smartwatch are abomination.

      • makedonii

        Well…Obviosly not posible to have a ractanhle with a rotating bazle lol!
        And why are they abomination? “Real hand watches” have been round since “forever”

      • 5723alex .

        “”Real hand watches” have been round since “forever””
        And so were real books, real PCs displays, real TVs… all round./s
        Round display can’t handle text, pictures… properly.

      • jOn Garrett

        Says the clown that never touched a watch with a round display.

  • Max

    man i agree…. i’ve had my eye set so much into apple stuff that i’ve never looked into Samsung. Its all about the price so we’ll see…

  • Omar D. Plumey

    My question is, will it have full functionality like the Apple Watch. Will I be able to interact with notifications, reply to messages, answer calls etc?

    • Bob Smith

      Of course. That is what a smartwatch does.

      • Omar D. Plumey

        Yes but iPhones pairing to android wear, it’s not 100% compatible so you can’t use all the functionality.

      • jOn Garrett

        Pairing with anything non apple is a hit or miss. I can’t tell you how many times my iPhone 6 plus wouldn’t connect to something. I did a youtube video showing how even with other iPhones, the Bluetooth on iOS devices just don’t work.

      • 5723alex .

        No, the majority does not.

    • I think it will have basic phone function forwarding, like making calls or texts. But I highly doubt it will support WatchOS apps, and any extensions that rely on WatchOS features.

      • smtp25

        well this a given, though isn’t it, won’t run WatchOS apps. But it would be good to have full integration with watch to iPhone for all supported standard functions – voice dial,etc

      • Kurt Heisser

        You can’t voice dial on the S3 with an Iphone, I had an S3 & it wouldn’t work or get text messages.

  • edwilk55

    Battery life is the biggest issue for me. It’s why I’m a Pebble user today. I’m not charging my device every 18 hours and not even be able to do sleep tracking on my “fitness device”.

    This looks promising for sure though.

    • George

      I have the gear s2 and I get 3 days.

      • Shinonuke

        LOL Cool story bro

      • George

        I know right

      • jOn Garrett

        It depends on your use. I get 2 days with mine.

      • 5723alex .

        I have an 42mm Apple Watch and I got 3 days of usage.

      • J3ff

        I can easily get 3 days on my apple watch. Its all about how you use it.

  • edwilk55

    How good was the iPhone integration on the S2?

    • Omar D. Plumey

      That’s my question as well.

    • Lit

      It’s barely in beta stage right now. Just started a week ago.

  • Lit

    Awesome looking and spec’d out device. Let’s see what the Apple Watch has to offer. Might jump on this if AW doesn’t live up the hype.

  • George

    I’m proud of Samsung for not copying apple, this thing is a beauty.

    • jOn Garrett

      The iPhone 8 rumors are swirling. Curved AMOLED display, wireless charging, water and dust resistance, and as of yesterday–iris scanner.

  • Kurt Heisser

    I had an S3 & paired to my Iphone. I couldn’t text on the watch or voice command calls on the watch. I was disappointed & went to an apple watch.