Apple concedes Apple Watch Series 3 has LTE issues

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 22, 2017

It took three generations of smartwatch design for Apple to finally implement cellular connectivity into its Apple Watch wearable, and while that sounds great, it will all come down to how well it works.

The latest watch also has a bigger focus on fitness and health.

Apple confirmed that its new Series 3 Apple Watch can encounter problems connecting to a cellular network.

But as far as Apple Watch releases go, this marks the first time that Apple has acknowledged a known problem with the smartwatch just after pre-orders, and right before it officially ships. European reviewers, including The Independent's, and early users didn't report the issues.

"Considering that my Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE (both first and second review units) didn't function like it was supposed to, I can't recommend buying it — and paying the monthly cell fee — based on promises", Verge reviewer Lauren Goode wrote.

However, several reviewers such as New York Times gave positive assessments and praised various new features. "We are investigation a fix for a future software release".

The mixed reviews made a difference to Apple shares, which traded down about 1.7 percent at $156.07.

The Series 3, available in stores starting Friday, will cost $329 without cellular and $399 with cellular.

Apart from connection issues, some reviewers were disappointed with the drain on the watch's battery while making calls.

While the unveiling of the Apple Watch series 3 was overshadowed by the iPhone X, which was the main attraction at the Apple's event last September 12, reviews of the wearable device suggest that it is one device worth one's cash.

The watch is created to rely less on the iPhone, and lets users answer calls, get texts, talk to Siri and access third-party apps without being tethered. "That review takeaway is a negative but is not a surprise".

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