Apple Watch 3 Is Already Broken

Doris Richards
September 21, 2017

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) issues a statement about cellular connectivity issues with the Watch Series 3 days before the product ships.

"The Apple Watch Series 3 is the first sign that wearable computers are maturing and may eventually become a staple in consumer electronics", concludes Brian Chen at the New York Times, in perhaps this week's most positive review of the device. The company is investigating the issue and will likely come out with a fix in a future software update. The Verge's Lauren Goode and The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern shared the same experience - LTE connectivity was an exercise in frustration and failed to consistently work.

The Watch Series 3 starts at $399 and was launched alongside new iPhone models. Are they concerned that all Apple Watch Series 3 LTE watches already at Apple stores in anticipation of the Friday launch will have similar issues? Apple Watch Series 3 LTE owners should not expect that the watch will try to connect to every single Wi-Fi network. Soon, users will be able to stream Apple Music from the device. I also made numerous calls while connected to my phone and through the watch's LTE (without the phone). Yet Apple's explanation indicates that connecting to cellular networks isn't the problem - just the device's confusion about when it should stay off of WiFi.

This is how I expect the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE to work.

Apple Inc. acknowledged problems with cellular connectivity in its newest smartwatch, raising questions about the device's most significant feature days before it goes on sale in stores in the USA and other countries.

This resulted in an occasional inability to place or receive phone calls and text messages, or access Siri. Since then I have tried all kinds of smart bands, watches and fitness trackers. "This is the first generation watch with LTE", he told Reuters.

Apple was looking into fixing the problem in a software update, according to the cited statement.

If anything, that should make the situation better.

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