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Apple Watch 3 LTE has issues with cellular connectivity, admits company

In plain language, the Apple Watch 3 seems to be connecting to wireless networks it shouldn't be, which then screws up LTE connectivity, since the Watch 3 is effectively creating a connectivity dead end, then doubling down on it. Consumers who did notice this particular gadget were likely drawn to its built-in LTE connectivity, and its ability to share SIM number with a user's iPhone, practically using the watch to make phone calls.

Goode's experience was similar, with Apple replacing her review unit in a bid to fix the issue. Apple's promised 18 hours of battery life includes about four hours of such use. And you can now hear Siri responses on the watch speaker, something enabled by the new version's faster processor. It's got fancy, new heart-monitoring technology. "It would appear to pick up a single bar of some random Wi-Fi signal, and hang on that, rather than switching to LTE".

The new Apple Watch Series 3 goes on pre-order with the EE network in the UK.

The watch part does, of course, when connected to an iPhone, but the LTE bands used in the cellular Apple Watch 3 are USA specific.

After The Verge noted this odd behaviour and contacted the Apple officials, the company has released official press statement as follows.

A new model with its own cellular-network connection is Apple's next step toward an untethered world.

If you've ever used or read up on LTE smartwatches, complaints about battery life are the norm.

Reviewers have also criticized a cosmetic change in the Apple Series 3 watch. Apple wouldn't comment on whether it's investigating a fix on that side.

Long-time Apple watcher and blogger John Gruber said he couldn't understand why Apple would choose the bright red color, which doesn't match even some of the colors of watch bands Apple itself sells.

Two reviewers from the USA publication spent a week testing new models-denoted by a red dot on their dials. "But eligible operators do have an opportunity to grow their sales of Apple Watches against retailers and Apple direct channels". What if something happens and I need to call for help?

"In one of my initial tests, I went for a walk with the phone on airplane mode, and tried to send text messages and use Siri to initiate phone calls through the Watch". The inclusion of Global Positioning System a year ago helped on runs and bike rides, but you're still missing calls and messages without the phone nearby. Over several days, I wore both models simultaneously so that I could compare the newest Apple Watch and watchOS to my trusty Series 2 Apple Watch and really figure out what makes the latest updates new and different.

Apple Watch 3 in India starts at a price of Rs 29,900.



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