The Apple Watch Series 3 was announced just last week and is being prepared for shipment. There may just one slight
tiny huge problem with it, LTE connectivity. The Apple Watch Series 3 is the first Apple Watch to feature LTE and that was a big selling point for Apple. Now, the company is admitting to The Verge that the Apple Watch Series 3 isn’t working like it’s supposed to. Lauren Goode is one of The Verge’s wearables reviewer’s and here’s what she said in her column:
While writing my review of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE capabilities, I experienced notable connectivity issues. 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 issues are laid out in much more detail in the review.) Within the first couple days of experiencing this, Apple replaced my first review unit with a second one, but that one proved to be problematic, too.
This problem is certainly a big one for Apple, given that LTE capability was the key selling point of this device. Apple did issue a statement to The Verge that reads:
“We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular,” an Apple spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”
Given the price tag of the LTE connected Apple Watch, as a buyer, I wouldn’t be too happy that my new device isn’t working as it should on launch day. It will be interesting to see how many other users have the same issue’s Lauren Goode had with her review units.
Last Updated on September 20, 2017.