Apple acknowledges LTE connection issue with new Apple Watch

Now the first reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 are starting to trickle in and, while they are generally positive, they highlight a couple of issues. Unlike previous versions of the watch, it has cellular network connectivity built in. "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", an Apple spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

When that fix might arrive is anyone's guess, but the problem - noticed by outlets like The Verge and the Wall Street Journal - manifests as intermittent cellular connectivity. While it's not getting as much hype as the upcoming iPhone X, the new Watch was expected to distance itself further from its competitors in the wearables market.

But in reviews out today, some critics report the watch has crippling connectivity problems, including dropped or choppy calls and issues connecting with Siri, Apple's voice assistant.

Apple Watches are displayed during a launch event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017.

Apple shares ended the formal Nasdaq exchange trading day down 1.68 percent to $156.07.




CNET's Scott Stein dinged the newest model for battery life and monthly fees for a cellular connection.

To work around it, users can get their phone to "forget" the network. "A cellular device is, sometimes literally, a lifeline", writes Journal critic Joanna Stern. Goode reported that her the problem persisted even after Apple shipped another model for review, the device proceeded to connect to Wi-Fi networks instead of LTE. "That review takeaway is a negative but is not a surprise".

Apple also experienced hiccups with iOS 11, the new operating system the firm released Tuesday.

Apple says it's "investigating a fix for a future software release".

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