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Montblanc Summit 3 will be the first Wear OS 3 smartwatch for iOS

The upcoming Montblanc Summit 3 will not only run Wear OS 3, but it will be the first smartwatch on the new unified platform to support iOS – sort of.

The news — originally reported by Storable — has been confirmed The edge by Qualcomm spokeswoman Lauren Miller. The Summit 3 isn’t the first smartwatch to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus platform, but it’s the first to launch with Wear OS 3 already installed. The fact that it also supports iOS is a significant departure from other confirmed Wear OS 3 watches. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 range and the upcoming Google Pixel Watch, for example, are exclusive to Android users.

The older Wear OS 2 and Samsung Tizen smartwatches, while never incredibly popular with iPhone owners, do work with iOS. Wear OS 2 watches running on the 4100 Plus chipset can be upgraded to Wear OS 3 later this year – although it’s still unclear if they’ll still be iOS compatible once upgraded. The fact that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Pixel Watch eschewed iOS hinted that Wear OS 3 would be a closed ecosystem. However, Montblanc’s decision to support iPhone users suggests that other Wear OS watchmakers such as Fossil and Mobvoi could follow suit for future watches or even retain some form of iOS compatibility when upgrading. older watches.

According to Miller, the Summit 3 will have a dedicated companion app on iOS and Android that will act as a “bridge between the phone and the watch”. It also hints that Fossil and Mobvoi may also need to develop their own apps if they want to keep iOS users in the mix.

But just because the Summit 3 will work with iPhones doesn’t mean iOS users will get the same Wear OS 3 experience as Android users.

“Our priority for Wear OS 3 is to focus on quality experiences within the Android ecosystem,” said Google spokeswoman Ivy Chen Hunt. The edge. “The Montblanc Summit 3 will run Wear OS 3 and will be compatible with iPhones. However, app and experience support will vary by phone platform. Hunt went on to explain that Google supports iOS with apps and services like YouTube Music and notification mirroring and that the company plans to expand support in the future.

Given that, it’s probably safe to assume that Wear OS 3 won’t be as good on iPhones, at least not initially. We won’t know exactly how the iOS experience will be different until the Montblanc Summit 3 launches on July 15. That said, the watch costs €1,250 (about $1,300). So while the Summit 3 is technically the first iOS-compatible Wear OS 3 watch, you might be better off waiting for more affordable options from Fossil or Mobvoi, which may arrive later this fall.

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