Samsung still waiting on App Store approval to make Gear Fit2 Pro iPhone-compatible

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Although the Gear Fit2 Pro went on sale Sept. 15, Samsung is still waiting for Apple to publish a companion iOS app before the fitness tracker can gain promised iPhone compatibility.

"We look forward to iOS support for Gear Fit2 Pro pending approval in the App Store," Samsung said in a statement seen by CNET, which is postponing a review until the app becomes available. Apple didn't reply to the site's inquiries.

Samsung has had iPhone support for Gear devices since January, dependent on custom apps not just to connect to the wearables but to change settings, download apps, and/or manage health data. None of the company's current iPhone apps support the Gear Fit2 Pro.

It's not clear whether Samsung was simply late to submit the app or there are deeper issues, such as bugs or rules violations.

Apple released the Apple Watch Series 3 on Sept. 22, just days after the Fit2 Pro, adding upgrades like LTE support. While Samsung's product is cheaper and not meant to compete directly, Apple may be benefitting to small degree from the Fit2 Pro's exclusion from iPhones.