Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Watch Series 3 has LTE connectivity problems: reviewers

Watch Series 3 has LTE connectivity problems: reviewers

Apple (AAPL) on Wednesday admitted to cellular connectivity problems with its upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 smartwatch, but said it is working on a software fix. Battery life seems to be rather less than was proclaimed at launch, and Apple has also identified LTE issues that prevent the watch from using cellular.

Apple confirmed that its new Series 3 Apple Watch can encounter problems connecting to a cellular network. "We are investigating a fix for a future software release". The new Watch appeared to try to connect to unknown WiFi networks instead of connecting to cellular, when I was out and about without my phone. The Series 3 Apple Watch features a built-in LTE radio and an embedded eSIM card. Year-to-date, AAPL has gained 36.27%, versus a 13.42% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. For instance, there is the new Siri watch face that brings the relevant notifications on the screen without you having to fumble for it.

My only hang-up is the carrier pricing; AT&T wants to charge $10 a month for the Watch eSIM connection even though it uses the same number. "Poor Dick, he upgraded to the cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 3". The redesigned workout app is a much better experience than before and lets you quickly get onto the regular workout of the day. This also means that during a workout, the Apple Watch is able to divide the time that was actually in fat burn and cardio, the latter being harder to achieve with the morning walks I take. The problems arise when the watch joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity. The new Apple Watch is now set to ship on September 22. Although the device is nearly precisely the same dimensions and weight as earlier iterations, Apple decided to make the circle inside the watch's side dial bright red. Not that you'd get a cellular Apple Watch 3 quick anyway: according to the Apple Store, orders for the LTE version are now backordered 3 to 4 weeks.

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