Apple acknowledges LTE connection issue with new Apple Watch

Bill Rogers
September 21, 2017

When out in the wild, the Apple Watch 3 preferred to seek out random Wi-Fi signals rather than the cellular signal that you have to pay an additional fee for. "We are investigating a fix for a future software release".

Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) on Wednesday conceded its latest smartwatch unveiled a week ago has problems with its most important feature: the ability make phone calls and access data without an iPhone nearby. "That's why I can't recommend the cellular Apple Watch Series 3 until the connectivity is more reliable".

The issue described in The Verge's review would seem to be avoidable if Apple Watch users could turn off Wi-Fi as one could on an iPhone, but the device doesn't have that option. If the cellular connected Series 3 pairs with an iPhone, talk time triples to three hours. At one point during the show, a woman paddle boarding without her smartphone (but wearing the new Apple Watch) stood on her board and called into the event, demonstrating the smartwatch's ostensible independence.

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It became apparent after my first full day using the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE that something wasn't right. Additionally, the spokesperson stated that Apple is working on a fix.

Reviewers have also criticized a cosmetic change in the Apple Series 3 watch. And she wasn't too impressed with the new watch's battery life, but found the device particularly useful for its fitness tracking functions. "People I called via the watch said I sounded great, and I could hear them loud and clear".

Another fairly positive review came from Buzzfeed's Nicole Nguyen, who declared the Apple Watch Series 3 the "best smartwatch I've ever used" but explained that since most wearables were pretty very bad, that wasn't a great compliment. In fact, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon offer service packages dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3.

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