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Apple admits issues with Apple Watch connectivity, stock falls

Apple admits to Apple Watch LTE problems just before it ships Apple acknowledges Apple Watch Series 3 has LTE connectivity issues
Cecilia Poole | 21 September, 2017, 00:13

When Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 3 just over a week ago, there was much excitement at the fact that the smartwatch now features LTE connectivity. I didn't run into any in my own testing, but the Verge reported some big hiccups connecting to the cellular network on the device.

"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", the spokesperson told The Verge.

"We are investigating a fix for a future software release", the email said.

The Series 3, available in stores starting Friday, will cost $329 without cellular and $399 with cellular. Year-to-date, AAPL has gained 36.27%, versus a 13.42% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. 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 Apple Watch Series 3 has been available for pre-orders since September 15 and will go on sale starting September 22 in various countries including the USA, the UK, Australia, Germany. It will be interesting to see how many other users have the same issue's Lauren Goode had with her review units. "Poor Dick, he upgraded to the cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 3". My review Watch was paired with an iPhone 8 and was on an AT&T wireless plan.

Although most of us have been conditioned to never let our smartphones out of our sight, there are many times it is not proper or even convenient to have them with us.

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. The new Apple Watch is now set to ship on September 22. "The new cellular feature is great for leaving your phone behind during workouts (then taking an Uber back or stopping at Whole Foods for a refueling snack)".

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