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Apple admits new watch has connectivity issues

Apple admits new watch has connectivity issues”

Apple confirmed that its new Series 3 Apple Watch can encounter problems connecting to a cellular network. Apple said it is "investigating a fix for a future software release".

The early reviews of the new, LTE-flavored Apple Watch are in, and they've found a problem.

The headlining feature of the Series 3 watch is LTE connectivity, and it doesn't work as it should - or in some cases, at all.

The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern wrote that users "should all hold off until, say, Series X", referring to the latest iPhone X model number. Apple Watch Series 3 LTE owners should not expect that the watch will try to connect to every single Wi-Fi network.

It's been a week since the Apple Watch Series 3 was revealed, and reviews of the wearable device have poured in - pointing out the good and bad. Specifically, of the Series 3 model with an LTE connection. I also made numerous calls while connected to my phone and through the watch's LTE (without the phone).

But the promise can't be fulfilled if, when you leave your phone behind to head to the beach, the watch can't turn on LTE and connect for data, calls, texts, and more.

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.

No word yet on how soon that fix is coming, and it's not the only black eye Apple is dealing with after rolling out its new software. But if there is one device I credit with having helped me bring down my weight, or take a grip on my stress, it has to be the Apple Watch. But for the first time ever, I love the Apple Watch.

Eventually, the company issued an official statement, acknowledging the issue.

If anything, that should make the situation better. This is why, the new WatchOS 4 feature that sends you an alert if you cross a threshold heart rate while resting is a crucial for a lot of us, especially someone like me grappling with diabetes and stress.



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