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Samsung's Gear S3 will work with iPhones -- eventually

Samsung is still working on getting the Gear S2 to work with Apple's mobile software, but there isn't a timeline yet.


The Gear S3 will eventually work with the iPhone.

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Yes, the Samsung Gear S3 will work with the iPhone. But the company's still working the kinks out.

Samsung is still studying what the experience between the iPhone and the Gear S2 would look like, and has launched a beta in South Korea to test things out. The company promised to make the Gear S2 compatible with Apple's iOS software in January, but has been mum about it since then.

A Samsung executive confirmed that like the Gear S2, the Gear S3 will also eventually work with the iPhone. Beyond its own tests, the company also needs to submit its app to Apple for approval in its App Store.

Opening up the Gear S2 and S3 would allow Samsung to tap a much wider base of iPhone users. Apple, after all, sold more than 40 million iPhones just in the last quarter. It would also give iPhone users an alternative to the Apple Watch.

Samsung unveiled the Gear S3 at a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin. The company touted a watch that is bigger, more durable and longer lasting than its predecessor. The larger design, however, might be a turnoff to a segment of consumers -- namely women.