UPDATE: Verizon has backtracked on the iOS compatibility promises and we are still unsure when that is coming.
Back at CES Samsung announced that iOS support for its Gear S2 smartwatch is in the making and it was supposedly coming by mid-January. That obviously didn't happen, and most recently the deadline was stretched to the end of March. This one is to be met, it seems.
Verizon has announced an update for the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, and software version R730VVRU1BPC1 brings compatibility with iOS 8.4 and higher, as well as Marshmallow, on top of the usual bug fixes.
Meanwhile, Samsung might be working on an adapter to make the Gear S2 compatible with standard watchbands. So far only the Classic version lets you install aftermarket bands and bracelets, while the sportier non-Classic comes with a proprietary joint design, making third-party bands unusable. Well, if the pictured adapter is indeed in the making and not just a one-off piece, part of an elaborate hoax, you'd be able to use your choice of bands on the Gear S2 as well.
The question remains open why Samsung would make an adapter after coming up with the existing design in the first place. Who knows though, it may be episode 2 of the company's newfound philosophy for listening to the consumers, which brought back the microSD slot and environmental sealing on the Galaxy S7.
Now Samsung officially sells the band adapter , firstly in German, South Africa and Singapore, soon later add more countries in the list https://news.samsung.com/global/gear-s2-band-adapter-gives-users-more-styles-to-choose-from
Any news on when this is going to be released and where you can purchase it?
Yeah..because the built-in straps breaks easily..