Samsung Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 will soon be receiving the iOS treatment now that the South Korean tech giant has confirmed that iOS support for both wearable devices has already entered beta testing.
The beta program was officially launched on Thursday, and it is set to run until Sept. 19, according to GSM Arena. This gives interested consumers exactly 26 days to test out the beta version of the iOS support ahead of its official release, which is still unknown as of late.
Though the beta program is open to all, there are certain restrictions that will limit the number of participants. For example, the iOS support beta is only accessible to those who have an iPhone 5 and later generations that are running on iOS 8.4 or later versions. The biggest restriction, however, is the fact that beta testing is currently available in South Korea only. There’s no word yet on when the beta program would be open to accepting international participants.
Samsung launched the beta program to fulfil what it said nearly eight months ago about the timepiece and the fitness and activity tracker getting iOS support, so they can be paired with iOS-running devices. The goal of the program is to generate feedback from testers, so that Samsung can improve the Gear Manager app for iOS, as per SamMobile.
The commencement of the iOS support beta testing for Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 comes amid the anticipation for the debut of Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch, the Gear S3, at IFA 2016, on Aug. 31. Though the South Korean brand has yet to confirm that it is launching the Gear S3 at IFA 2016, many believe that Samsung’s invitation for the mobile event is more than enough to validate the debut of the high-tech timepiece.
Samsung released two invitations thus far, and in both invitations, the clock hands are present, indicating that the highlight of Samsung’s conference would be the big reveal of its new circular smartwatch, Wareable reports.