CES 2016: Samsung adding premium Gear S2 options, iPhone compatibility

Samsung today at CES 2016 unveiled two new Gear S2 smartwatch variants, and announced that the wearable will gain iOS compatibility later this year.

The two new Gear S2 variants are a premium take on the Gear S2 Classic. One is encased in 18 karat rose gold, while the other is cast in platinum. The rose gold with ivory leather Gear S2 Classic and platinum with black leather Gear S2 Classic are both slated to go on sale from February. Samsung has yet to confirm pricing.

While Samsung glossed over the Gear S2's upcoming iOS compatibility during its press conference, precedent suggests certain functionality will be more limited with paired with one of Apple's devices. When Android Wear and Pebble smartwatches are used with an iPhone, users lose functionality such as responding to text messages on the device.

On a Gear S2 related tangent, Samsung also announced that the wearable platform will soon receive new apps from Uber, CNN, Bloomberg, ESPN, and eBay.

The company has partnered with designers and artists such as Colombo, Keith Haring, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Jeremyville, and Burton Morris for a new range of straps and watch faces.  

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